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Since moving into my new apartment I've been doing quite a bit of adulting for a college student, and thought that keeping something alive would be a good adult thing to add to my list of accomplishments. I went out and purchased some plants that the attendant at the plant store told me were easy to take care of, and some pots to put them in.

The pots were too far away from the window, looked kind of out of place, and I was worried about the rough bottom interacting with my glass desk. I designed these two plant stands to fix those issues.

This could be used to lift lots of things in the air for home decor purposes! Candles, plates, small appliances, who knows!?
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Step 1: Video!

Step 2: Modeling

Modeling was done in Autodesk's Fusion 360.

  • A circle was drawn of the desired radius, then lines from the center outward. Drawing an arc created a square-like shape
  • An offset plane was created, a similar sketch was made but rotated slightly about the Z-axis
  • A loft was made between the two sketches, and the body created was mirrored
  • A circular pattern created with the desired number of beams, and the bodies merged to create the shape

The same process was used for both stands, varying the rotated angle of the sketches and number of beams to create the different shapes.

Find the models on Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1632044

Want your own? You can download the models from Thingiverse, then order them from my 3D Hub, here!: https://www.3dhubs.com/toledo/hubs/adam

Step 3: Printing

The two models were printed on my Prusa i3 in Hatchbox Wood Filament. I was skeptical of wood filament at first, but I love printing with it. In my opinion the layers always look great with textured filaments, and it gives objects less of a cheap plastic look and feel.

I used 0.4mm layers to print them faster, and it still took about 9 hours per model at 20% infill.

Step 4: Conclusion

Thank you for reading! Leave a comment letting me know what you think, and what you could use this, or a similar model for!

Don't forget to vote in the 3D printing contest!

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Bio: I am currently a mechanical engineering student at the University of Toledo, and the founder of the University of Toledo Maker Society. I have a ... More »
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