Spiral Vase

by BigBadBison, published

Spiral Vase by BigBadBison Nov 30, 2014



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150mm high Spiral vases to add to my collection of spiral themed objects. These models contain both single and double spiral vases that make for a great decoration for the house. What's even better is that they can be can be printed easily without support!

06/07/15 - Added solid models so custom thickness's can be used


Printed on a Makerfarm 8" Prusa i3v in red ABS at 0.20mm layer height and 100% infill. It took about 8 hours to print the single spiral vase.

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tried to print these out but allways ended up stopping the prints because it diddnt work
first i have had such thin wall that it was unstable and has had hollows
second try without vasemode in cura it has had massive stringing on the inside.

Would be verry nice if someone could help me out to get the right settings to print it out

My Name is Christoph and sorry for my bad english.

Since a view days I use my new fiet 3D printer (Tronxy P802D)

I print the Spiral Vase 1. I sliced it with Slic3r in Vase Mode.
I dont use Support Material. (Don't have click the Button.
Printing Speed is 30mm/s

But when i print, there are Strings from Bottom to Top in different places.

In the Pictures you can see it.

Thank you.


it is a confusion with the name, the shape of the vase is spiral, not that it has to print in spiral mode

Thank you.

If understand you, my failure is to print the Vase in Vase Mode?

I must print it the normal way?

In the next days i will try this.

Comments deleted.

Tried the double spiral (solid) and it was filled with lots of stringing. Temp was 205c with a bed temp of 40c. Retraction 6. 3d Solutech PLA.

I'm far from an expert, but looks like you aren't running vase mode (spiralize outer contour in Cura)

Yeah, I was under the impression that the "solid" version of this model didn't require vase mode. But I think that's probably the best option.

I'm hoping to run this tomorrow, let me know if you have any thoughts and tips.


Hi, I made one its very nice but is so thin that water gets through small holes, how can I make the wall thicker so there are no gaps?

If it's leaking it may be your printer/print settings. But you could use the solid models; just set infill to 0, top layers to 0, and how ever many perimeters you want. Glad you enjoy it!

Would it help to print in vase mode (spiralize outer layer)?

I have had good success in waterproofing this and other similar designs with clear Flex Seal Liquid. I pour a capful into the vase, slowly slosh it around to cover all the surfaces then pour out the excess. After 24 hours, a nice rubbery coating inside and totally waterproof. Available from Amazon and others. I have no relation to the company.

I made a base for these. This is particularly useful if you print your vase with a thin base and it leaks water ... https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2498212

Spiral vase base
by mabbog

Are these capable of holding some weight? Flowers or some decorative items, etc?


Would you be able to export the base of the object and the spirals as two separate STL files? Id like to do a multicolor print of spiral 1.

Made one on cheap ctc with gold abs....very nice...even worked with infill at 0% (newbie error)...now to try acetone smooth!

I think you want 0% infill to make it a hollow vase. If you have infill then the inside wil be filled in, at least that's what happened to the one I printed

Hi Makerod,

You may have been using the solid models that I uploaded so that people could define their own wall sizes by setting 0% infill and varying the number of perimeters.

I will consider user error as a distinct possibilty :)
Thanks for the design!

I will consider user error as a distinct possibilty :)
Thanks for the design!

What software did you use to design these vases?

All of my designs are created in SolidWorks

I am trying to reproduce what you've done in Solidworks, getting close but not quite as good.

Any chance you could upload or share your sldprt file?

Thanks in advance, a very nice part indeed, and a good gift.

The diamond vase does not work very well with the Spiralize function in Cura. The end result has holes in every upper corner of the diamond.

Hi can anyone explain how to make the spiral around the vase.

if anyone wants this printed contact me at [email protected]
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Is there a way to make these solid? I'd like to use "spiral vase" function of the slic3r but it requires the object to be solid.

Done! Let me know how it goes!

Made 2 of these on a Makerbot Replicator 2 and they came out awesome.

Nice! Post a Make when you get the chance!

I love the single spiral, I made 4 of them as Easter presents.
On DaVinci2 print with no raft and no support.
I have also "re-mixed" this on Tinkercad to make a candy dish for my son, Ill post that file later when its done printing.
I wish I knew how to make it a two color model, spirals one color, body another...that would look outstanding.