Spiral Pencil/Candle/Toothbrush Cup

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Spiral Pencil/Candle/Toothbrush Cup by MakeALot Mar 7, 2011

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Spiral Pencil/Candle/Toothbrush Cup by MakeALot is licensed under the BSD License license.

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Added a "Fine" version as OpenSCAD is now more capable
Desktop pencil cup made from interwoven spirals
Candle holder made from interwoven spirals
Toothbrush holder made from interwoven spirals
... made from interwoven spirals

I had it printed in ceramic to see what the quality would be like, I'm happy with the results - in ABS and ceramic.


Print and fill with your desktop clutter or a candle for some desktop Karma.

Oh, but don't light the candle, you'll burn the building down :)

In the interests of safety, the one in the picture was photographed under water in an asbestos room.

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great design, btw!!

Thanks, you're welcome.

Should i print it with supports or without?

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omg the last picture is tots cool i already am printing now lolol

Thank you Jenna, I look forward to seeing a picture of it :)

Hey! Looks like these guys printed one of your pencil cups at nano scale! See the 2:20 mark on this video: http://youtu.be/UoLwOYtx0TA?t=2m20shttp://youtu.be/UoLwOYtx0TA?t=...

Brilliant, thanks for the heads up! Love to see the pencils...

what sorts of parameters (fill speed etc) are people having luck with on this one?

I couldn't get openscad to import your STL (to scale it down to 85mm high) so spent 45 min watching the progress bar ;). First attempt turned into a coaster (the spirals wasn't attached properly) but the next one looks really nice - thanks . :)

Glad you sorted it out, it does annoy me that OpenSCAD can't read it's own output! Hopefully that will be fixed in the next version.

How long does it take to print on a MakerBot?

mine is taking 16 hours but it looks super cool so far. thank you

Just about 4 hours on a Thing-o-matic. And If your belts are nice and tight, everything will go smoothly! (I had 4 failures of this particular model before getting it right
amp;gt;:o )

Glad it turned out OK in the end. Those failed prints are frustrating, especially after 3 hours or so. I get less failed prints than I used to, since I calibrated my stepper motors.

I think it was a couple of hours, but I'm not at able to check at the moment. Maybe someone else who has printed could chip in? Or, if you load it in ReplicatorG and generate the Gcode, the estimate it provides should be quite accurate.

I'm making one of these every day. People love them. It is far and a way the most popular thing to come out of my ToM.

They do look good, thanks for posting the picture! :)

That's very kind, thank you. Please post a picture of one of them under "I made one" :)

Only you can prevent bunny fires.*

*Or spiral fires.

Finaly some artistic value. :)

I like it.