Introduction: Magic Rose Blossom

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I use Makerbot Duplicator 2X to load two filaments: PLA and Ninja Semiflex. Dual nozzle printers are ideal, however, if you do not have a dual nozzle printer, a single nozzle printer can be used as well. In that case, you have to switch the filament in the middle of a print.

Step 1: Step 1: Print the First Ninji Semiflex Layer

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The first layer is 0.2mm in thickness. If you define the printing height resolution as 0.2mm, there will be only one layer being printed. This is the substrate layer.

Step 2: Step 2: Printing the Top Layer PLA

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Just for fun, I also attached the thermal images of the printer while the top layer is being printed. This layer is 0.6mm, and contains three layers of PLAs.

Step 3: Step 3: Turn the Flat Pattern Into a Flower Shape

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You can print a holder to hold the flowers as well. As you can tell from the photo, all the petals are flat initially once you fold it up.

Step 4: Step 4: Transform the Rose

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And make it blossom by dipping it into hot water for 1 minute, or blow it with a heat gun. Do not keep the flower under heat for too long, otherwise, it will melt down and it is not good for your health!

Happy blossoming!

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Bio: Lining Yao works at the intersection of interaction design, material science, digital fabrication and biological engineering. Her goal is to combine natural and engineering approaches ... More »
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