But, I AM alive and have FINALLY obtained some more filament. As you know, I have another 3D printer. So, I've not been without options for printing my designs. But, the entire purpose of the designs that I've been working on has been to show Cube owners and potential Cube owners what they can expect from their Cube. And, equally importantly, what NOT to expect.
While my full order of filament has not arrived, by showing 3D Systems my test designs, I was able to get them to send me some more starter green filament. And, you should be just as happy as I am that they agreed to do so. Here is the result!
|Vase - Fire|
It's just under 5" tall. Both raft and support were turned off. It printed the "flames" completely free standing.
This design was meant to push the Cube's capabilities in several ways. The first is obvious. The flames are thin and hang out in space as they go up. Moreover, they taper to a relatively sharp point at the tips.
But, other features are equally stressful to a 3D printer. The "vase" has a maximum wall thickness of just .75mm and the bead work is designed to see how detailed the printer can replicate fine features. The winding columns are a good test of the vertical accuracy of the Cube.
I'm not claiming that other 3D printers could not print this design without supports. But, it is my opinion, that the Cube did an absolutely stunning job of producing every feature of this very challenging vase. I LOVE this little printer!
There is more to come. This is not the only design that I've been waiting to try. There is one printing as I write this. I will also create a video of the "Vase- Fire" rotating so that you can see the detail from all angles.
As usual, the STL file for this design is available on the Cubify.com store for the minimum cost permissible.
STL File Download