Klein Bottle

by kelsorj, published

Klein Bottle by kelsorj Dec 20, 2010

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The Klein Bottle is a bit like a mobius strip but without the edge. There are many flavors that a bottle can take so this model is only one of many representations that can be imagined.
A really fun feature about this shape is that you can fill it with liquid on the same face that the model can then rest on.


I haven't tried to print the model on anything but an Up!, but I imagine that it could be modified in a way that wouldn't require the support material for the "handle". I printed it with the fine stepping enabled in hopes that it would make for a very smooth outer surface. When I get time I'll revisit with the normal print settings.

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I rotated it 90 degrees in HeeksCad before printing.
I tried using Freecad but it showed an invisible object?
Anyway, The first few layers when printing standing up makes perimiters that are like 3mm apart hehe. I guess It would need support material to start. Too bad one can't tell slicer to only generate outer support material.

I am printing this at 10% scale and it still has like 4mm thick walls.
Isn't it a tad excessive?
I'd like to print one with single-layer walls if possible. Most likely with some added perimiters on the lowest angles.

Thanks the print turned out great. I've always wanted a Klein bottle but the glass ones are expensive

When you scaled it down did it even need support material to do the handle? Glad you liked it. A buddy turned me on to this guy at Duke http://www.cs.duke.edu/~edels/Tubes/http://www.cs.duke.edu/~edels/...

He's got some crazy knots and tubes ready to be printed.

Time on a Thing-O-Matic with MK6 and 1.75mm filament is 4:50!

I love the pattern that the Thing-O-Matic used when making the support structure. Does it actually even make contact with the handle? It almost looks like the handle is floating about the support material.

beautiful. how long did the print take?

With medium density fill and fine print speed it took 11 hours and 30 minutes. It used up about 70g of ABS.

Ummm... okay. Guess I'm not printing it any time soon. Can you make a smaller derivative? :)

Or scale down in ReplicatorG like I did...

It only took me about a half hour or so. But then it was tiny.

11 HOURS!!!!