Flower Pot (with Hidden Drain Holes & Water tray)

by jlmaoju Oct 30, 2018
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Hi. I'm new to 3D printing and slicing. For this pot, I did change the dimensions to
150mm x 160mm x 80mm

With the settings I used in the slicer, it says this will take 26 hours to print and use up 336g of filament (PLA 1.75)

Does all that sound right for something this size?

I'm just now trying to get my head around the slicing numbers to use.

Here's what I used (some of the numbers were automatic).

Any suggestions or confirmations would be so appreciated.


Using Ultimaker Cura 3.6,
I set infill to 4%, line distance 20mm and grid pattern.

  • Layer Height, I chose 0.15mm
  • Wall line count 4
  • Top/Bottom Thickness, 0.8
  • Top Layers 6
  • Bottom Thickness 0.8
  • Bottom Layers 6
  • Speed 40 mm/s

I just looked, in cura, the layer view and I'm seeing that infill is in fact filling in the base which would hold water. Therefore, blocking water.
I think I'll add a "hole" to keep the base open. (I could be wrong in doing that, however) ???

Thanks in advance for any advice.

OK.... First please know I'm so sorry for my super late reply... and I was keeping typing like 20min... than it seems ate by the internet.... Ah.... I will be back may tomorrow to type again and don't worry this time I will remember to backup...

Thanks for your response. I like your settings. I have learned a lot more since I posted the original.

I love your design.

Long story, short, I ended up making my own design, similar to yours, but in 2 pieces.

The bottom part is to hold the water (reservoir) and the top part, with the flower pots, sits on top of the reservoir.

I may add to my design, some "snaps" to hold it together. I originally thought I'd just glue the 2 sections, but then realized, after a while, the reservoir will need cleaning. So being able to take apart the top and bottom made sense. :)

I agree about the lower speeds. While my printer's specs "say" 70mm/s, that's way too fast.

So I use slower speeds. Also, I discovered a funny issue that slipped right by me. I have to fasten the table to the wall both front and one side. That's because when I was printing something fairly small with tiny infils with a pretty fast infill speed, the printer's fast, short head movements caused the table to move back and forth a bit. Of course, this caused the print to come out not even.

So either I need to fasten the table to the wall to stabilize it or I just might decide to build a good, solid wooden table with 2x4's.

Glad to know! One thing I need to say, this is a remixed design~ I just added the drain hold and space in the middle of it. the table seems quite funny hahahahaha good luck to you building or fasten the table~~ LOL

Sorry for my super late reply, I think you might already solved the problems, and yeah, this pot seems quite heavy, It's mainly because of the solid bottom (which I plan to change into self-watering function space in the future)

layer height: for super detailed thing I used 0.08mm, and 0.1mm is my normal setting, cos I'm not in rush of any printing task.

Wall line count: I think this depends on a different machine, mine I usually do 2 layers (which can make sure it's strong enough and also water tight.), I think 4layers is a quite high setting here, might be another reason that makes it heavier.

Top/Bottom Thickness, and, Top&Bottom layers: I think these settings are all connected, my normal setting is bottom 4 layers and top 12 layers (all in the 0.1mm layer height) I set the bottom thinker cos I think the thicker it be the easier it will tilt up. and for top I make it thicker cos the top is laying on the loss infill, I need to make sure it prints enough times to finally get a smooth surface.

Speed: 40mm is fine for the outer wall I think (mine normal is 35mm/s), and for inner wall/infill, I usually do 50. This setting is highly related to the weight of your printing head, if it's quite heavy we normally don't want it to move too fast, right?

and about the hole on the base, I made it can hold some water in the middle space between the two sides, cos I did not want to use additional tray to take water. But indeed, that space can hold very few water....

Hope these can help a little.

Hello Weight Material??

Hi, what exactly is the slab for?

Doesn’t have a real function, it’s for making the the stair-to-slab form reasonable, and cover the gutter which might become dirty.

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What plants are those in your main photo please?

Hi sorry I just saw the comment, the name of those two on the right and middle are called “Selaginella tamariscina(P. Beauv.)Spring”

sorry English is not my first language and I really don't know how native speaker call those in the real life, LOL

oh and the one on the left, that one I don't know either, it's a free gift from the seller~