Introduction: 3D Printed Vase

This is a nice 3D printed vase to illustrate the Linear Extrude function of OpenSCAD and make a nice vase.

Step 1: Simple Printing on Your 3D Printer

This is a 3D printed vase I designed for a workshop. It was designed in OpenSCAD, so you can modify it if you want.

Printer settings are simple: I printed it in PLA with a .3mm nozzle with .3mm layers. There is no reason, especially if you want to print it larger, that you couldn't print with a larger nozzle and layer size. While there is some bridging inside at the narrow part of the bowl, I have had no problems just printing normally, no supports.

There is a lot of fine detail, which doesn't show in the photos and comes out better the larger you scale it.

The OpenSCAD file and the STL file are both included. The source file also shows how some of the lesser-used functions of OpenSCAD can render complex shapes very easily.


irasch (author)2016-06-15

My wife and I were learning OpenSCAD and playing with the Linear Extrude function when the idea of a vase came. It all starts with a circle. In this case, instead of going for a nice round circle, We went with a very faceted circle. That makes the inner/outer edges more interesting.

OpenSCAD's Linear Extrude then makes the basic cyma shape. It takes the circle outline and extrudes it, except instead of a straight line, it makes a kind of S-curve. Probably the best way to see what's happening is to get into OpenSCAD and comment // out the line with FOR - you'll see a single strand of the vase.

From there, it's a matter of rotating and repeating the strands with the FOR and ROTATE lines.

If someone has a programming background, then OpenSCAD comes kind of naturally, can be learned quickly, and is very powerful.

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2016-06-08

Cool vases. Could you share a little more about how you designed it.