Holiday Ornament – Individual Prints

Final draft of the holiday ornament. Tolerances are perfect, and everything stays in place with just tension. Going to try a few prints at higher quality to see if the extra print time has a worthwhile effect. Almost time to crank out a dozen or so of these.

Initially this was meant to include four different translucent colors, one for each letter, but  for whatever reason the translucent orange is proving really hard to work with, regularly jamming the extruder and not adhering to the print bed. The translucent green has similar problems. A Z  re-calibration and z live-tuning makes a difference for the green filament, but doesn’t seem to help the orange. After a few trial prints, I settled on using two colors, red and green. Festive!

This was a really fun model to build – fairly straight forward to measure and setup, but intricate enough to be interesting. The pillar in this version is designed to be ~1mm smaller in diameter than the through-hole of each of the letter pieces, providing just enough wiggle room to get each of the letters on the pillar, after which tension keeps everything in place.

  • Maker: –
  • Source: –
  • Original License: –
  • Model: –
  • GCode: –
  • Materials:
    • P: Inland Translucent Magenta PETG 1.75mm
    • K: Gizmodorks Translucent Blue PLA 1.75mm
    • S: Inland Translucent Orange PETG 1.75mm
    • W: CNZhehan Translucent Green PETG 1.75mm
  • Print Date: 2017/11/19
  • Print Time:
    • P in PETG: 25 minutes
    • K in PETG: 23 minutes
    • S in PETG: 28 minutes
    • W in PETG: 26 minutes 
    • Pillar in PLA: 13 minutes
    • Pillar in PETG: 11 minutes
  • Estimated Print Time:
    • P in PETG: 19 minutes
    • K in PETG: 19 minutes
    • S in PETG: 21 minutes
    • W in PETG: 21 minutes
    • Pillar in PLA: 12 minutes
    • Pillar in PETG: 9 minutes
  • Estimated Filament:
    • P in PETG: 3 meters
    • K in PETG: 3.1 meters
    • S in PETG: 3.3 meters
    • W in PETG: 3.4 meters
    • Pillar in PLA: 64.9 cm
    • Pillar in PETG: 70.5 cm
  • Slicer: Prusa Control
  • Slicer Settings:
    • 0.35 mm layers
    • no brim
    • no supports
    • 20% infill
    • 50% original scale
  • Printer: Prusa i3 mk2

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *