Updated Advent Calendar for 2017

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Updated Advent Calendar for 2017 by tomvdb Dec 1, 2017
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It's a 3d printed advent calender!. This project is based of a design on thingiverse by Peter Leppik. When I found this design I decided to ask a couple of 3d printing and designer friends to each design one of more new blocks for the new calender. I did the basic design in fusion 360 and shared the various blank blocks with them to modify and play with. The end result is a new version of the original design made by many people.



All the blocks for the tree are currently available without it's insert, I'll update the new insert/gift for each day. So be sure to check back regularly!

If you want to play along then please share your photos on social media with the hashtag #3dprintadvent.

Day 1 - Fireplace - Shaun Nadan
Day 2 - Mini Spool - Tom Van den Bon

Remixed from thing 2324616

Day 3 - Christmas Rubber Ducky - Andries Smuts

This insert is available in two options, either as a 1 piece print, or in individual pieces if you want to print it in different colors.

Day 4 - Christmas Lollipop - Tom Van den Bon

Print as is, or change filament on the last few layers to create a fun lollipop :)

Day 5 - Christmas Robot - Lelanie Smuts

Print the various parts and put them together. It's robot time!

Day 6 - Christmas Stocking - Candice Howe
Day 7 - Water Bottle Rocket - Andries Smuts

It is suggested to use a brim on this one

Day 8 - Beemo - Rick Treweek

Print at highest res, use 1,75mm filament pieces as arms and legs. When kept in puzzle piece, place base inside, pop beemo in and then use the arms and legs to lock him into the puzzle piece.

When removed, you can hook the filament into the little holes in the arms and legs, then hook them into baseplate. :)

Day 9 - Trumpet - Candice Howe

This one requires support.

Day 10 - Manger - Michael Scholtz
Day 11 - Potjie - Megesh Govender
Day 12 - Christmas Raptor - Gerhardt Breedt

Notes from Gerhardt:

  1. Depending on your printer setup, you might need to set the box and lid infill to 30%.
    You can try 10%, my printer or filament didn't bridge everywhere so I tried 20 & 30%.
  2. The Raptor can be printed on it's back(more detail) or sitting flat(gives more lizard skin texture).
  3. The lid "Clip" is 2mm, it is too long and has to be trimmed a bit with a knife to fit well. My printer and my noob skills couldn't get it to work so good. So trimming it a bit helps more than making and printing it the correct size.

Day 13 - Crate of Beer - Andries Smuts

Day 14 - Lego Block - Tom Van den Bon
Day 15 - Severed Foot - Thomas Torr
Day 16 - Mistletoe/Holly - Candice Howe
Day 17 - xmas Poo Emoji - Shaun Nadan
Day 18 - Popsicle (Ice Lolly) - Tom Van den Bon
Day 19 - Jeep - Gerhardt Breedt

Notes from Gerhardt:

  1. Depending on your printer setup, you might need to set the box infill to 20%.
    You can try 10%, my printer or filament didn't bridge everywhere so I tried 20 & 30%.
  2. The Gift/Jeep can be printed upright, I used supports.

I used ZenziWerken's CNC Jeep, It was originally designed to be cnc'd from wood and glued together.I combined it, re-meshed it and changed the face count so that it could be printed.

For this design I took my STL and rescaled it to the point where it fitted and was still a printable item.

Day 20 - Benchy - P.J Prinsloo

Scaled version of https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:763622

Day 21 - Abstract Apple - Mohammed Hassen
Day 22 - xmas Scene - Shaun Nadan
Day 23 - Heart Box - Chris Venter
Day 24 - The Grinch - Shaun Nadan

How I Designed This

The main blank tree was redesigned in Fusion 360 and all the blocks were distributed to my designer friends who had fun with them :)

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I broke the fire into two files so I could print a front and a back fire.

I used Loctite Gel superglue and a clamp to let it set for 30 minutes.

I created a robot eyeball for day 5 if anyone wants it. Obviously you need to print two of them.

What happens on the tree above days 23 and 24? More tree parts? I'd keep my green "tree" filament mounted if there was more to be printed in green in the next day or so.

yes, there is a top with a start. loading files for it tomorrow morning, busy test printing those.

Tree top and star added :)



Lol - nevermind - I didn't download the right files. I see them now! Thanks again!

What a great update! I see multiple multi colored objects in the pictures but didn't see the multi-files. Do you have them? How did you print the multiple colors?

Is the top almost ready? It is the last part i need to print!

Treetop and star is up :)

Awesome model - started printing the tree yesterday. Currently on day 5 - might take a while to get it all done :-)

Nice, Looking forward to seeing your prints :)

BTW the number '8' is upside down relative to the block :-)

Right you are, was sure I fixed that. New version uploaded.


very nice procjet...I'm wondering if the top of the tree is missing currently by intention? Part 21 is missing as well...

The top will be up a bit later this week, still finishing it up. Missed part 21, will upload it a bit later today :)

Hey Tom! Are you going to post the inserts soon too? Love this design and will be printing all the days!

Yeah, Have been adding the inserts everyday so far? Look under the stl files, the ones starting with tree is for the tree and the ones starting with gift is for the inserts. Updating it everyday with the new insert.

Oh duh, I see them now, they didn't download the other day, just the tree. Will keep looking at the Thing Files list instead. Sorry to bother you my friend. Very awesome model, too. nice work!

I'll be updating a new gift every day, let me know if you run into problems :)

I will my friend, got day 2 going now, didn't post Day 1 yet, had a work party last night and just forgot, lol.

Great idea and design! How large will it be and how much material does go into the tree? ;)

The tree alone, without any inserts use about 700g of material. It should be just about over 400mm high when done.

This is great! Where are days 8 and 10?

not sure why they didn't upload, but I added them now :)