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Dendritas by Trede Aug 13, 2014

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Dendritas is a 3d printed flower planter / household container and part of a generative design research exploring the intersection of art, science and mathematics. Dendrites are part of Diffusion-Limited Aggregation, introduced in 1981 by Witten and Sander, a fractal growth algorithmic model which produces forms frequently found in living and non-living nature. Forms produced are similar to certain corals, crystals, brains, tree roots, veins, etc.

Dendritas was recently exhibited in 'Santurce es Ley 5', a local Puertorican art festival.

Fabrication files include two .stl files for two iterations but due to the nature of how the geometry is generated, each piece is unique.

Unique iterations are available for sale and made to order here:


Recommended parameters:
0.2mm layer height, 2 perimeters, 4-6 layers for bottom. No top.
Single perimeter printing is possible.

Succesfully printed in Solidoodle 3, Replicator 2 5th gen and Ultimaker 2.

The geometry in the .stl are single shells, thickness is controlled with the printing parameters.

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May 14, 2016 - Modified May 14, 2016

I love this design but when I try to print it prints the inside solid, I've tried a few times but with the same result, any help is welcome. Also what are the plants in the photos?

May 25, 2017 - Modified May 25, 2017
chabes - in reply to dprayson

I opened the stl file in cura, made [top layers = 0] and [bottom layers = 6] in the shell options, and [infill % = 0]. That seemed to do the trick for me. Printing it out now..

The cactus is actually two different cacti that are grafted together (kind of like an apple tree). The top colorful part is called Gymnocalycium mihanovichii ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnocalycium_mihanovichii ), or chin cactus, aka moon/neon/hibotan/ruby ball cactus. The bottom part can be one of many kinds of rootstock (as they're called), but don't expect the graft to stay in place for more than a few years.

Here's a couple links I found with a quick web search:

You have to add thickness to the model, because some slicers interpret that as a solid instead of a wall. I used the solidify command of Blender. You can follow this tutorial: http://jmumakerlab.blogspot.mx/2013/12/adding-thickness.html?m=1

This a fine and a very creative work!

Aug 14, 2014 - Modified Aug 14, 2014

Very beautiful shape!