Customizable Lofty Container (EPCOT Spaceship Earth style)

by wstein, published

Customizable Lofty Container (EPCOT Spaceship Earth style) by wstein Feb 8, 2015
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I was thinking about a Spaceship Earth style jar since I made my first container.

I have no lid files included, this project holds only the jar files. You can find the corresponding caps here.

I have printed it with transparent PLA filament like the other containers. I like the non-glossy surface, it looks like of frosted glass.

If you open this thing in the Customizer you can not only build your own size of the container. You have also parameters to change the jar surface. See the two examples dimples_style_40.stl and cubes_style_40.stl for the possibility creating new interesting container surfaces.


Print the lid from here as usual.

Print the container with no infill and no top layer. Use shell thickness of about 1mm (diameter 20-60mm) and 1.25mm (diameter 75 and 100mm). This depends on your nozzle diameter.

If the bottom is to unstable for you, you may try a thicker bottom thickness:
20-25mm diameter => 1mm
30-40mm diameter => 1.5mm
50-60mm diameter => 2mm
75-100mm diameter => 2.5mm

I recommend Slic3r for slicing, it did always a great job. CURA is also possible but the result was not very good, each time I try it. Very rough on the inside, but maybe I missed the correct setting.
I also recommend to check the container in the layer view before printing! See here a nice example why: failure

Single perimeter

I learned from user mmontee that he makes my other jars with "spiral vase" setting wich mean 1 perimeter shell. See his make. Ok, I tested it and yes it can work, see my results here: 25mm,40mm and 75mm

Customizer hints

If you want to play with the customer, choose the same parameter as for the lid.

The default density is calculated this way:

y_density = round(sqrt(size x 50) / 6.25 - 0.2)
x_density = round(y_density x 3.25 - 0.2)

All default values:

25mm x=16 y=5
30mm x=19 y=6
40mm x=23 y=7
50mm x=26 y=8
60mm x=29 y=9
75mm x=32 y=10
100mm x=36 y=11

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Why do the models look solid? Is this not a hollow container?

Set the infill to 0%, follow the instructions. These are awesome.

First off, thank you so much for making this. These are even more beautiful printed than on screen. Second, how hard would it be to use the lid as the base (rotated 180°), and then complete what now the flat base and continue the dome over the top? I know nothing about CAD, just wondering if someone can point me the way.

The algorithm I used for calculation is pretty simple and you may not like the shape for a complete dome. Please try to set ratio to 90 this may give you an idea of what I mean.

How long does it take to print the one with 25mm diameter?

I would expect 10 - 15 min

just wondering before i print, how big is the container?

the number in the filename is the diameter of the opening.

so theres like 20 different lids from your other post. Id rather not waste my time printing each one to see what fits so can you tell me which one does?

Sure, there is the size in the file name, so you can choose one lid file with the same number, like:

epcot_style_50.stl and Lid50_right_knurled.stl

The lid files differs in size and knurl style. Choose the knurl style you like most.

Many thanks for your interest in my things and your likes!

thanks, turned out awesome btw

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These don't have an interior, as in there's no hole in the top.

Ahh, never mind, I found the instructions, lol.

As I already have a well working and nice cap. I only make this new jar. You will find the lid here: Container with Knurled Lid.

Customizable Container with Knurled Lid
by wstein