Flatbottom Honeysphere

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Flatbottom Honeysphere by JamieLaing Jan 23, 2013
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Looking at the stretchlet, I started doing some experiments printing things that have very thin walls. For this object I used a honeycomb structure to fill out a sphere, and I made the bottom flat so it would print.

What I like about this print is how it fails. The overhangs are pretty much impossible, but through perseverance the honeycomb design eventually overcomes all obstacles. I thought this was a good metaphor for perseverance in everyday life (mistakes can be built on to achieve success), and I was also reminded that wasp nests and beehives embrace imperfection.


Before you print, flip the STL over so the flat side is on the bottom. I also added "Honeysphere Half.stl" in case you don't want to check out how it recovers from the droopy stuff. You could probably glue two halves together to make a sphere without a flat bottom.

I printed on a Replicator 2 using a higher print temperature than standard (260C instead of 230C).

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So you enjoy watching the process of how the print itself progresses. Is this 3d printing as performance art, or is there some greater engineering lesson you draw from this?

Hi Skovgaar, interesting question. I think the answer is "a little of both." From an engineering perspective, I like designs that are fault tolerant and I find exploring failure and recovery points valuable learning opportunities.