Introduction: Gyro Snowflake
First Prize in the
3D Printed Ornament Design Challenge
The Gyro Snowflake is a simple and elegant ornament that showcases the power of 3D printing. The outer shell of the snowflake maintains its relative stationary position as the inner and outer core freely rotate about two separate axis, creating a gyroscopic motion effect. The product of moving parts is created through a single 3D printing session. Traditional manufacturing processes, such as injection molding, would require post-processing assembly to connect the separate parts of the snowflake and enable the gyro motion. Additive manufacturing is pushing forth a new era in the manufacturing sector and establishing itself as the next major technological innovation.
The Gyro Snowflake showcases the limitlessness of the revolutionary technology of additive manufacturing. The wonder and magic of the holiday season parallels the awe and inspiration of 3D printing; a dualism that is portrayed through the Gyro Snowflake. The Gyro Snowflake will be a perfect additional to the White House tree as a memento to the beauty that technology can bring to the human experience.
Step 1: Step 1
Download the Gyro Snowflake .stl file.
Step 2: Step 2
Produce the G-code (or other printer language) file. Connect to the printer.
Step 3: Step 3
This ornament is best printed using stereolithography (SL) or some other type of advanced 3D printing rather than fused filament fabrication (FFF). Stereolithography allows the ornament to be printed with surrounding support material, usually a photo-reactive resin. The intricate moving parts can be printed in a manner where they are always surrounded by support material as the model goes through the print procedure. Attempting to print this design through fused filament fabrication would require additional support material to be printed in conjunction with the actual product, which would become a very cumbersome process and could take away from the integrity of the structure and design.
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