Bird Temple

by JobSmolders, published

Bird Temple by JobSmolders Apr 6, 2018
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This is a bird feeder for small birds. Bigger birds simply can not get in :-) .You can put food for them in the green feeder-dish in the middle. The feeder has a hole in the middle to let water out. Also the feeder can be removed for cleaning. In use, that will be necessary :-)

The peaces fit together like a puzzle and they are glued. Later I painted it with insulating primer to get rid of the “printer tool marks” you can see on the pictures.

I have no reason for the colors of PLA I have chosen other than that I had those. The 2 different colors are due the fact I used 2 printers to save time. I printed this in 0,2mm resolution with a 0,4mm nozzle. The temporary support peaces are printed with only one wall count and one top and bottom layer. Infill of these support peaces are 10%. This is to save material :-). The other peaces are printed with 3 layers for the wall , top and bottom . Infill between 20-25%. The roof peaces are printed with support generated by Cura.

The mount or ring at the top is fastened with a M3x40mm bolt and nut. At first I designed this “mount” in 3 peaces, but later changed it to 2 peaces, due to other changes I made. To make this part strong enough I used PET-G Carbon to print this peace. This material looks very nice, but it turns a brass nozzle into garbage after a few prints :-). For this a hardened steel nozzle is better, but such a nozzle is expensive ( €30,- where I live)

in the “total assembly.STL' the whole model is assembled so you can check where all the parts should go

If you have questions or do you think I have forgotten something , feel free to ask :-)

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Really nice Job. I am still printing all the parts and will post some pictures once assembled. I have remixed the roof such that it is quicker and easier to print: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2884445

Bird Temple roof - built in supports

Thanks :-)
I have looked at your solution and I have to say it's indeed a better way in material usage and time. Very cool to see other creative minds trying to make this model easier to make :-) I like your enthusiasm :-)

Gorgeous design! Thanks for sharing this. What glue do you recommend for this?

Thanks :-)

For the roof support parts (1t/m5) it's easier to use super-glue. For the rest I used glue that kids use :-) but the drying time of that stuff is very long. You can see it on the photos. But you can use any glue that works on plastic, I guess. I used the kids glue because I had that. If I where to make this model again I probably would use super-glue for all the parts.
I wish you success whit the assembly :-)

Nice!!! I want to create a asian/fantasy temple for birds since three years (because I didnt find it here) and now I dont worry about it :D Thanks a lot looks awesome!

Nice you like it :-) love your enthusiasm :-)

This is really awesome. I love it! I'm printing it now. I have the roof sections and the feeder bowl printed. Can you please list the number of all pieces to print? It's hard to count them in the pictures, especially the small support pieces. That would be super helpful. Thank you!

Nice you like it and thanks for the question :-)

It's basically 6 pillars in a hexagon shape, so most parts are needed 6 times.
What you at leas need to make it is:

1x assembly support 2
6x assembly support
1x feeder
6x pillar
6x roof support part1
6x roof support part2
6x roof support part3
6x roof support part4
6x roof support part5
6x entrance
1x mount part3
1x mount part12 fused
6x roof

I hope this will help your and otherwise feel free to ask :-)

That is exactly what I need. That will save a lot of time figuring out which pieces to print! Thanks. :)