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Jewellery tree

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Jewellery tree by AlexNZ Jun 28, 2014
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Made for my dear wife
Printed in ABS, no supports, acetone-bathed, glued, silver spray-painted.
Rigid and shiny!

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You need 20x20cm work area of your heated bed to print this right sized.
Tree was split in two parts to made a whole thing a lot more durable and easier to print (easier than one-piece vertical)
Also this approach does not need any supports, so you don't need to clean and cut parts before acetone bath.
I did 1 minute acetone bath two times (with 20minutes break) to smooth surface. But as i want to keep this nice layered structure on a trunk, i stop at this point.
Parts glued with super-glue (you need to be quick when you connect glued pieces – you got about 2-3 seconds before bastards will snap to each other forever) I suggest you glue this in several iterations: main trunk, then child trunks (one by one) and then leaves. Child trunks and leaves – is quite flexible, so you could glue and align them with ease.
Silver coating was made with spraycan, just shake a can a lot before paint ))
Model was made in Blender, you could find .blend file at sources tab as well as whole .STL and parts STLs ready to slice&print.

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Uh-oh!
that's because i was not so skilled in blender three years ago :) and messed with world units ten times :)))
Now i re-scaled STLs, so you can re-download them
Thanks for letting me know!

Hi Alex,

Im going to try this tomorrow. Could you share your way of acetone polishing ? how do you do it ?

Woops! sorry for late answer (
I use large glass jar with lid from IKEA. Put jar on a heated bed, pour some acetone and preheat it to 70-90 degrees Celsius. Please keep lid closed .
Than you should place your printed ABS parts ABOWE acetone surface (as close as you can, but not dip in) and keep it about minute or two.
Then you should get it out and let dry for 20 minutes. Try do not touch it while doing this ).
Repeat two or three times

Hi Alex,
It's a beautiful model, and I wanted so much to print it using the Makerbot Replicator Z18.
However, whenever I load the "tree_back.stl" to the Makerbot desktop (mac and pc), the application crashes.
The other files load fine.
Do you have any ideas why it crashes, or how should I resolve this?

Hi Sharlin!
There if a few options:
1) Please check if your Replicator software is up to date
2) You could print it with another host application such as Printrun or Cura (i use both, and Cura is realy simple and friendly, but Printrun (mac) or Prointerface (pc) offer more tweaks) my suggestion is Cura. Both hosts are freeware and will print on your makerbot just fine
3) you could use Netfabb repairing online service (which is freaking magic tool, i fix so many models geometry, i can't count) https://netfabb.azurewebsites.net/ - you should register there

If all this won't help - let me know - i'l make retopology of this file for you.

When you say 20x20 it's in mm right? I realize this is probably a silly question, but there's a big difference between the two.

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