FFF 3D-printable Utah Teapot with separate lid

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FFF 3D-printable Utah Teapot with separate lid by CreativeTools Apr 2, 2013
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This version of the very famous Utah teapot is adapted to be 3D printable on an FFF 3D printer. The model is made of two parts, the body and the lid as a separate item. In contrast to the original version this teapot has an inside and working spout!

The teapot can be 3D-printed in one go without need of any support. The only exception is the built-in webbed support for the upper part of the handle. This can be easily removed with a sharp knife.
The original size of the model in the STL file is 180 mm from the back part of the handle to the front of the spout. It can be scaled larger and smaller. If you want to make it smaller, please make the webbed support thicker so it maintains roughly 0.5 mm in thickness.
The model in the image was 3D-printed with PLA plastic filament on a

The Utah Teapot was made 38 years ago by Martin Newell back at the University of Utah. It has become an icon for computer graphics since then and can be found in 3D software and movies. Read more about it at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_teapot

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The following files are provided for download

  • Original Rhino 3D file
  • STEP file
  • STL file with body and lid ready for 3D printing
  • netfabb scene file with dimensions
    Use a sharp knife to remove the thin support material inside the teapot's handle.

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Hi. first of all your work is great and extremely helpful.

I noticed that you guys model originals in rhino; so do I. I have a question. Do you guys mesh the NURBS surface then export as stl or export to stl directly from the original mesh surface?

The reason i ask is because I'm not getting consistent results on my prints, especially for smaller prints like rings, large objects seem to work all the time.


Thanks for the comment and kind words :)

Rhino 3D is somewhat of a work-horse for us here. Very good design software.

The NURBS model is made into an STL mesh inside Rhino 3D via the command "Mesh". This lets you adjust the mesh resolution to what you prefer.

Then the actual mesh object is exported to an STL via File > Export selected.

A quick wash through netfabb Studio lets us be sure that the mesh is correct and does not have any defects.

It is difficult to know exactly what the defect in your smaller models is. I think though that a higher-resolution mesh should solve the problem. :)

This the same work flow I go through. I will try and meshing at a higher res.

Thanks, and cant wait to print the filament dust filter.