Christmas Tree - updated 1.7.2016

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Christmas Tree - updated 1.7.2016 by tc_fea Dec 16, 2012
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A fun little Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree shown has all 10 branches. However, the tree can be printed with fewer branches.

The 1.7.2016 update corrects issues with the .stl files that were noted by C_D.
The updated files were recreated in a later version of Sketchup and do not show any problems when checked by NetFabb


The tree can be printed with 4 to 10 branches. The "stand" will fit into the bottom of branches 1 through 7.

To print all 10 branches, print branches 1 thru 10 plus stand
To print only 9 branches, print branches 2 thru 10 plus the stand
To print only 8 branches, print branches 3 thru 10 plus the stand
To print only 4 branches, print branches 7 thru 10 plus stand

--- BEGIN UPDATE 12.17.2012 ---

added file xmas_tree_160107_78910stand.stl print the stand and branches 7, 8, 9 and 10 at one time

added file xmas_tree_160107_56.stl to print branches 5 & 6 at one time

Note: all prints fit in a 100 mm by 100 mm print platform

--- END UPDATE ---

Print the desired number of branches plus the stand.
Check the holes and pins.
--- Clean up with an Exacto knife if necessary.
--- If the pins did not print well, simply cut them off
--- Glue the parts together with acetone

To make the tree look a bit more realistic from any angle, curl up the ends of the branches.

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I printed a star by Knape https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:194864.
I think I scaled it down by 0.5, but I don't remember for sure.

Pixel tree topper star
by knape

HI, I just downloaded the files but all bar one are showing as zero bytes. I've tried twice for the same result. Cheers.

tbuser sent me a message that the download issue was fixed

I encountered the same problem with "download all files".
However, downloading files individually seemed to work.
I notified Thingiverse of the issue.

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What filament did you use? That's really what makes this model for me.

I had used ABS plastic. glad you like the model.

I meant more like what color and brand?

Really like the design. I projected your STLs into DXFs in OpenSCAD and made a laser-cut version: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1274732

Laser-cut flat-pack Christmas tree

glad you could adapt the design. your tree looks great

Im not sure what it is, but there's something in this model that Cura really doesn't like. It takes forever to slice and I can only put a few branches on the bed at a time or it just hangs. With a couple of branches and walking away for 10mins to let it think it does eventually produce good gcode though. Really strange!

C_D: thanks for mentioning the issues. when I checked original files in netfabb, there issues. I exported them to new .stl files from a newer version of sketchup. now I do not see any issues in netfabb. enjoy

The new STL's look way better, thanks!

you are welcome

branches 8 and 9 are a little skinnier than the others so they fit on the trunk. this may be what's causing issues with slicer

awesome print! but has anyone else had problems with branch 8? I am using the updated version but, in slic3r it only codes for the perimeter of the branches and not the insides. weird that this is the only branch I'm having problems with

Nice prints.

Fastrack: thanks for the comment. I goofed. the bottom branches have a clearance of 0.5 mm on the diameter, the next have 1 mm clearance, the last has 2.5 mm clearance! I will fix this when I can. but in the meantime as you indicated, it can be glued together with acetone.

fixed in the 12.23.2012 update.

Printed 25%, 1 shell (2 in total) Print-o-matic.

Some of the other pins were quite loose. Branch 1-3 fit nicely. So did 4-6. The rest were quite loose. Branch 10 was not even close to fitting the branch9 pin.

I ended up gluing it together with ABS/Acetone mix.

Looks great!

thanx. nice print. like your tree topper