Introduction: Birdhouse Vase

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Since I create my account here in Instructables I have been learning a lot.

It’s all so new... but I think I fell in love for 3D drawing. I have been trying to learn as much as possible about 3D design and 3Dprinting. So I continue to share everything I have done.

I wish I had all the time in the world to do things for Instructables but unfortunately it is not possible ...

For this project I build a 3-D printed birdhouse vase. I used TinkerCAD (https://www.tinkercad.com/) to build my birdhouse vase. It’s possible do this project with other materials but my option was use my home 3D printer.

Step 1: Project Organization

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    This project is organized in the following parts:

    1. Software, tools and materials (Step 2)
    2. Design the Birdhouse vase with TinkerCAD
      • TinkerCAD (Step 3)
      • Design the birdhouse structure (Step 4)
      • Draw the fence (Step 5)
      • Make a hole for bird (Step 6)
      • Design the flower (Step 7)
      • Design the leaf (Step 8)
      • Place flowers and leafs in the house. Draw the roof and the vase (Step 9)
    3. Print stl file in 3-D printer (Step 10)
    4. Place the Birdhouse vase in the garden
      • Place the Flower on vase and the vase on your garden... Wait for the bird... (Step 11)

    Step 2: Software, Tools and Materials

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    Software:

    • TinkerCAD
    • Cura or other similar

    Tools

    • 3D Printer

    Materials

    • Pla
    • Hair spray

    • Soil

    • Plant

    Step 3: TinkerCAD

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    To carry out a project in TinkerCAD you will have to create an account on tinkercad's website. For this you will need an email address. TinkerCAD service will run entirely within the browser. With TinkerCad you have the opportunity to explore some lessons and discover other 3-D objects.

    When you start a new project you will get an empty workplane. In our left you will find a tool for zoom the objects on your workplane. You can use the + and – buttons. In right you have a collection of other tools: symbols, geometric shapes, letters, numbers, and so on. You can align pieces, group objects, make holes with transparent objects. With arrows you can move de degrees (rotation) of objects and with the arrows from your laptop you can move objects (translation). In the tool bar you have the option edit, you can use them to duplicate objects. This are some of the tools you have. I'm still discovering some of these tools to create 3D drawings. I use colours to paint objects so that they become more perceivable.

    Step 4: Design the Birdhouse Structure

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    1. Draw a box. Stretch the box with the mouse and narrow it (select the white centre point).
    2. Draw a pyramid and narrow it. Turn it 90 degrees (use the arrow on screen). Join the pyramid to the rectangle.
    3. Make sure they stay with the same thickness. Select the set. Make a group (for this use the tool that exists right).
    4. Paint the object.
    5. Duplicate the object.
    6. Select the object and duplicate them twice.
    7. Draw a box. Use the white point in centre to make it smaller. Use the vertices to stretch and narrow the box. Place the bar on the fence. Adjust the fence.
    8. Duplicate the object. Adjust the size.
    9. Paint the fence (use palette on the right side).
    10. Select the fence and turn it 90. º (use the arrow). Use the cone to raise the fence up to 0.00 mm.
    11. Place the fence on the house. Adjust the size. Duplicate the fence and place it in the following wall. Repeat for the remaining walls.

    Step 5: Draw the Fence

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    1. Draw a box. Stretch the box with the mouse and narrow it (select the white centre point).
    2. Draw a pyramid and narrow it. Turn it 90. º Degrees (use the arrow on screen). Join the pyramid to the rectangle.
    3. Make sure they stay with the same thickness. Select the set. Make a group (for this use the tool that exists right).
    4. Paint the object.
    5. Duplicate the object.
    6. Select the object and duplicate them twice.
    7. Draw a box. Use the white point in centre to make it smaller. Use the vertices to stretch and narrow the box. Place the bar on the fence. Adjust the fence.
    8. Duplicate the object. Adjust the size.
    9. Paint the fence (use palette on the right side).
    10. Select the fence and turn it 90. º (use the arrow). Use the cone to raise the fence up to 0.00 mm.
    11. Place the fence on the house. Adjust the size. Duplicate the fence and place it in the following wall. Repeat for the remaining walls.

    Step 6: Make a Hole for the Bird

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    1. Draw a heart.
    2. Increase the size and thickness of the heart.
    3. Use the arrow on right to rotate the heart 90. º Degrees. Place the object on vertical.
    4. Use the cone to raise. Make a transparent Heart (Select the transparent image on the right).
    5. Select the front wall of the bird house and move for right (use the arrow keys).
    6. Move the heart to the location where you want to make a window for the bird.
    7. Select the object and group it.
    8. Replace the wall.

    Step 7: Design the Flower

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    1. Draw a heart.
    2. Duplicate them three times.
    3. Draw a sphere.
    4. Place the sphere in the centre of the flower.

    Step 8: Design the Leaf

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    1. Draw a cylinder.
    2. Duplicate them and make an hole (use the transparent square)
    3. Select the images and group. Duplicate the image.
    4. Draw a hole box (use the transparent image on right). Place the hole in the other object and group.
    5. Draw a box.
    6. Draw a cylinder. Decrease both. Make a hole with the cylinder. Group them.
    7. Draw a cylinder join to the others objects and group.
    8. Draw a cylinder and make a hole. Group the images.
    9. Place in the leaf the last object.

    Step 9: Place Flowers and Leafs in the House. Draw the Roof and the Vase.

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    1. Join leafs and flowers and
    2. Place them in the fence.
    3. Draw a roof, increase them.
    4. Place the roof on the birdhouse. Draw a box and increase them. Duplicate the box and decrease them. Make a hole. Place the boxes on the roof and adjust them. Draw a cylinder. Decrease the diameter and increase the height. Turn the cylinder 90. º Degrees and place them on the front wall.

    Step 10: Print Your Stl File

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    Print the stl file with your 3d printer.

    I use Cura (you can check my settings for Cura in the image) as my slicer software and orange PLA. I scale down the object for a first test print.

    Step 11: Place the Flower on Vase and the Vase on Your Garden... Wait for the Bird...

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    Place the soil and the plants in the vase.

    Place some food for the bird.

    Wait for the bird :)

    I hope they appear like that happened to Troy: https://www.instructables.com/id/Window-Bird-Feeder...

    :)

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