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This is a 3D print model of the BEEKEAT Hanging Birdfeeder that I am slipcasting in clay at a larger scale.  I built the original 3d model on Rhino 4.0, then printed it on a Dimension BST 1200.
<p>Do you have the 3D model available for others to print?</p>
This is a great idea. I wouldn't move the hanging line until I saw the effect of the bird's weight. I've made a few odd looking feeders myself and one thing that is constant in all of them is the effect birds have on hanging feeders. I great design like this is ideal for some of the prehistoric looking birds that inhabit our garbage tips. Well done. I'm so jealous that you've got access to the fine equipment you made this on too!
Allen, <br> <br>They have been working great. The weight of the BEEK + the seeds keeps it balanced. The small birds in my backyard love them. I can't keep enough seeds in them.
How do you hang it? Do you have a picture of it in use?
I'm still developing the idea, but right now I'm using a braided nylon rope.
At that angle, you're going to collect rainfall I'm with the bird food.<br><br>I'd recommend moving the hanging hole further away from the tip of the beak, so that the &quot;mouth&quot; is more horizontal.<br><br>Have sounded negative, though, I'm really looking forward to seeing it finished. Well done.
I enjoy the constructive criticism. I want that angle in case a bird's weight causes it to tip too far forward &amp; spills seeds. As for the water issue, I built in a small drainage hole in the bottom. All that being said, I still have not had a chance to really test it outside. That will determine any design changes. Thanks for you comments.
In my experience, it's best to keep the water out altogether. Moisture tends to stick to the seeds, which swell and rot. Birds are sensitive to disease from dirty feeders. One expert I met recommends weekly feeder cleaning. &quot;Realistically, once a month.&quot;, he said.<br><br>If yours had a short loop on it (see my other comment), it could even go in a dishwasher, though I'm not sure I want bird cooties on my dishes. ;-)<br><br>Glad to see you've entered the &quot;Make it Real&quot; contest!
I forgot to say, the majority of birds that will visit a feeder like this weight under an ounce (blue tits weigh less than half an ounce), and most will not be perching right at the tip of the &quot;beak&quot; anyway.<br><br>You can test the balance by adding a handful of seed to the feeder, then sticking lumps of modelling clay to the edge of the &quot;beak&quot;.
I agree about the water issue. In addition to moving the hole for the rope, how about a small (1/2&quot; or so diameter) bead or some other way to divert any drips from running down the rope? Better yet, cast in a loop or a hook so there's no hole at all in the top.<br><br>It's a great concept, and will be much better with some refinements, IMO. <br><br>- What about spillage? Most commercial bird feeders I've seen don't address this issue at all. Birds are sloppy eaters, and leave piles of seed on the ground underneath the feeder. The spilled seed attracts varmints like my sworn enemies, the Squirrelly family, not to mention rats; the seed also either rots, or grows underneath the feeder; neither of which is desirable.<br><br>- What if the upper portion of the beak were wider than the lower one? This might help keep the rain and any condensation that collects at night out of it.<br><br>- It's a little bland esthetically. What if you gave it some subtle, bird-like features? Easy to do with slip casting, right?
I like the redesign ideas. Regarding the next points:<br><br>- a lot of garden birds are ground feeders. In fact, I get a lot more birds to the tray I leave on the ground than to my table, and none to the hanging feeders :-(<br><br>- good idea!<br><br>- it's not bland, it's minimalist.
Argh. I'm a designer, I know from minimalism! Just look at my instructables! ;-)<br><br>Minimal, IMHO, does not necessarily preclude being bland. See Brancusi sculptures. Utterly minimal, yet the form is dynamic, and interesting visually from all sides (in most cases). <br><br>When there is only form, with little or no surface detail, every curve is critical for the success of the object. I saw a bathtub Porsche last night, dirty, and with flat tires (awaiting loving restoration by its owner), yet the form was one of the most compelling in a warehouse full of its cousins. Most contemporary cars rely on superfluous grooves, bulges and stripes for visual interest. Most are not very successful, and will not stand the test of time.<br><br>Now I'm wondering, what's the difference between simple and minimal in terms of design? But that's another thread.
Just a thought,<br>How about using two wires? One at the front and one at the back, this way you can hang it at any angle you want.<br>
Good idea. I have a much larger feeder that I designed, and originally, it hung from a thin, stainless cable loop. In plan, it's about 12&quot; square, and made of heavy copper, so it was a little too wobbly. It's currently hanging by a stout wire instead. <br><br>How about a yoke of wire? Two holes, maybe at a diagonal to the long axis of the feeder, and the yoke can hang from a stiff wire hook?<br><br>Can you make it squirrel proof? Pesky squirrel traffic is one of the main reasons I don't like seed on the ground. It also makes a bald spot in the grass.

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