Beehive Ice Tray

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Beehive Ice Tray by Lockheart Aug 3, 2015
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A hexagonal ice tray for your summer ice-teas
Prints perfectly without supports.
It would be great to see how it prints with flexible filament.
I tried it in ABS and sadly in order for it to be watertight, the wall thickness has to be just beyond what one can call flexible, thereby making it harder to remove the ice once hardened.
Tip: if you're having trouble with the ice not wanting to budge, just run a little lukewarm water under it for a few seconds and then tip the ice out of the hexagons ;)

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I read somewhere that many, if not most, plastics used in 3D printing can have toxic components to them. Which plastic would be good to use to make this? I know PLA is one of the least offensive, but with the downside of it being biodegradable and less than happy when in contact with water ;-(

I was thinking maybe a food-grade TPU? Have you tried making it with this? Again, unless ordered food-grade, I think even TPU can be somewhat unhealthy...

My thought was to turn this model into a mold, then pour food grade silicone into it, thus making suitably food-safe and pliable cube trays :) I have multiple bee enthusiast friends/family to gift these to XD

Pla takes a long time to break down in just water, I have a few pla vases that have had water in them for months with no signs of decay

Consider a stainless steel nozzle as many brass nozzles contain lead.

is the ice itself sticking to the wall/ layergaps?