Customizable Twisted Polygon Vase

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Customizable Twisted Polygon Vase by anoved Mar 13, 2014
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If you like this, check out my Bezier Vase or Chalice Lathe!

A customizable design for a simple container generated by extruding and optionally scaling and rotating a regular polygon (a pentagon in the case of the pictured sample).

You can adjust the number of sides, the height of the vase, the top and bottom radii (to taper or expand the opening), the rotation of the top shape relative to the bottom, and last but not least the number of slices, which controls whether the surface appears smooth or faceted.

Produces solid models intended to be printed with no infill and no top layers (if you can't disable top layers, just stop your printer around 90%).

Part of my Customizable Containers series.

Download dirt and flower bud separately.


Photos show twisted-polygon-vase.stl printed in brown PLA on my Printrbot Simple. 0.15 layer height, 6 bottom layers, 0 top layers, and "spiral vase" mode (1 continuous perimeter).

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Hi anoved, i really like this kind of geometry shapes. Can you suggest some tutorial for make them? What programs are u using?
Thank you!!

Thanks! They are made with a free program called OpenSCAD. It involves a little bit of programming, but there are a lot of tutorials out there. Thingiverse has some starter info here: https://www.thingiverse.com/jumpstart/openscad Also you can download the twisted-polygon-vase.scad file from this thing and open it in OpenSCAD to experiment with and see how it works.

When i Trie to cusomize it bekommes a solid objekt.... there is some mistake...

There is no mistake - as described in the Thing Details, this generates solid objects intentionally. (It is is easier to code this way.) You print it hollow by choosing zero infill and no top layers in your slicer software. (If your slicer software doesn't let you disable top layers, just abort the print before the top layers.)

una consulta, yo utilizo slicer, pongo relleno 0% pero me hace la tapa de todas formas, como hago para imprimirlo hueco?

Good question. In "horizontal shells" settings, set "top" solid layers to 0. This will prevent the cap layers.

It depends on your print settings and the material you use. If you print it with thick walls and higher temps (for thorough layer bonding) it could be watertight.

used your great open scad file to create these;
have a look here to learn how I made a thick and waterproof vase...

vase the wall

The shape is beautiful and elegant.

I used same settings on my printerbot, but the wall came out too thin. The object fell apart when i handled it.
Which setting should i modify to get thicker walls?

I find using the 'spiral vase' setting in slic3r and setting the extrusion multiplier to 1.2 works a treat when printing single-walled objects.

Thank you! The easiest way to get thicker walls is to increase the number of perimeters in your print - try 2 or 3. (A single perimeter will be thin and flexible, but shouldn't disintegrate - maybe decrease fan or increase temp a bit to fuse layers more?)

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