Step 4: The Print
Firstly, I printed a few grey rough drafts of my prototype. I had thought that printing the loops that the velco strap would go through would be a good idea. It wasn't. It added a bunch of support to the holes that the pixel would lay in. It took a few rough drafts and measuring before I had a design that was good enough.
I printed the final item upside down so that the holes for the flora pixels would end up being a nice snap fit. This means that the top side of the print would need a lot of finishing and cleaning. It was printed with support that had to be removed. After that, much sanding took place and then a final finishing with an acetone wiping. See the pictures below for the progression of the 3D printed part.