Get air to your roots!
Orchids like a lot of air to their roots yet most orchid pots have solid walls.
This design lets you generate pots of many shapes and sizes and add holes to the side allowing better air circulation and reducing the chance of the medium becoming rotten.
This was designed firstly for orchids but since the holes are optional can be used for any potted plant.
- set height/radius
- set top/bottom curvature
- add any number of feet, their height and width
- set size of drainage holes
- set wall thickness
- set number of wall holes, their rotation, range of sizes and roundness
24/12/14 - updated to slightly flatten feet improving adhesion to print bed
09/01/15 - Added hole generation script (opens in browser) removing the need for RapCAD and simplifying the process (hooray!). Improved hole generation algorithm. Fixed a bug where holes could overlap.
To make the basic pot shape open pot.scad, adjust the configuration to suit your needs and render.
Open hole_generator.html in your browser. Adjust the settings to your liking ensuring pot height and radius are set to the same values you've used in pot.scad and press generate. A you should see a preview of the holes and some generated OpenSCAD code. Copy the code into OpenSCAD, render (may take a long time) and export the model as an STL saving it as 'cutout.stl' in the same directory as pot.scad.
fix the exported STL - I recommend using MeshLab for this step
- Open pot.scad once more and hit render; the cutout model you've just created will be subtracted from your pot. Export and print!