Flexible hose

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Flexible hose by Sal Jan 19, 2013
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A flexible hose made of jointed segments. Inspired by http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:17021. This one is tailored for 3d printing and is customizable. It should be easy to adjust tolerances, see instructions.


Adjust your slicer to no infill and a total perimeter width of 1 mm. Print as many segments as you need. The fit can easily be adjusted by changing perimeter width. (Increase width for a tighter fit).

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I tried making a couple out of PLA today. Ran into 2 problems. First, I'm using KISSlicer which will make a vase (no infill), but insists on building a bottom - so they turned out closed on the bottom. And second, when I went to remove them, they both very quickly broke at the neck.
I may try again - will see.

Hi, have you found a solution using KISSlicer?

Trying it, two perimeters. Slic3r afaik doesnt do specifying in millimeters, it should improve documentation of the options though. (I think slicers in general should provide both specific numbers and thickness as option.)

I was looking for ball joints, while perhaps this is really what i wanted. In this case at least, if you can configure it to need a minimum force to get it moving.

In the advanced section I am quite sure you can specify extrusion width either as width over height ratio or in millimetres. That is what I did anyway.

You mean one perimeter and then setting the perimeter width, good point, didnt realize that. Btw i wanted something that held more strongly, so i made thesehttp://www.thingiverse.com/thi..., the flower pattern gives more flex for popping it in so it can go deeper.

Not that yours dont hold strongly, maybe i have just been doing it wrong.

Flexible holding hose

Actually I used 2 perimeters of 0.5 mm width, but what is reasonable depends on your nozzle.

why stl file has no hole?

Because it is often easier to get a thin wall by turning off infill completely. otherwise your perimeters must match the designed wall thickness exactly which is easier said than done for curved objects...