Herb Garden Markers

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Introduction: Herb Garden Markers

About: Hobbyist wood worker, builder, tinkerer of all things.

This is a SUPER EASY project to 3D print. It's great for beginners, especially for introducing 3D printing to kids. Best of all it's just in time to get your spring seedlings labeled and looking cute. Get your apocalypse garden organized now! ; )

It's a small list of needs for this project - quarantine friendly, as you shouldn't need to run to the store.


TOOLS:

SUPPLIES:

Thats it! That is all you need.

Step 1: Design

Below is a little description of how we designed this with a raised (embossed) border and letters. If you've not used fusion 360 before I suggest downloading it and giving it a try, it's easier than you'd think! If you would like to skip this step, jump ahead to the next step, Download, where we have provided our pre-designed files for you to customize, print and use!

STEP 1: Draw out the basic design with the line tool.

STEP 2: Then extruded the design 0.2".

STEP 3: Draw a smaller rectangle and deboss it 0.1". This will become the face where you will want to add your text.

STEP 4: Add a fillet to the interior and exterior corner of 0.15".

STEP 5: Add a spike at the bottom, so the Plant Marker will go into hard ground easier.

STEP 6: Now you are ready to add your text. The font we chose to use for our Markers was Ariel Bold. Using 0.4" heigh text, we found you can fit around 7 characters per line. If your text will not fit on one line there is space here to split your text into two lines, or you can shrink you character height. WARNING: Don't go too small or the text won't print well.

Step 2: Download

Below are the pre-designed STL files for each of the following herbs:

  • Thyme
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Greek Oregano
  • Mint
  • Catnip

OR

You can download the .F3D file (also below) and customize it, in Fusion 360, with whatever plant names you need.

Step 3: Print

The material we chose to print with is Paramount 3D PLA (Military Khaki) because we love that it looks like wood. Paramount 3D PLA (Military Khaki) 3.00mm 1kg Filament [GBRL10197530C3]

We use Cura to slice the files with the following settings:

  • Layer Height: 0.1
  • Infill: 20%
  • Extruder Temp: 205
  • Bed Temp: 55
  • Cooling: 100%

Our printer is a Creality Ender 3 Pro and these setting worked great for us, they should be very similar for most printers. Each print only took around 1hour 40 minutes.

Step 4: Finished!

Download, Customize and Enjoy! We hope this makes your garden more organized, not to mention aesthetically pleasing.

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12 Comments

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TimothyR11
TimothyR11

1 year ago

I’ve never used a 3D printer, just curious about how much the material costs to print these signs?

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desiharris1980
desiharris1980

Question 1 year ago

Would resin work?

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CraigFrancis
CraigFrancis

Answer 1 year ago

Hey! I don’t have much experience with resin 3D printers but it looks like it should work fine. Make sure to check the weather resistant qualities of the resin you are printing with. : )

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C-5 Crew Chief
C-5 Crew Chief

1 year ago on Step 1

There are no .stl files. I downloaded 360 but there is no way to add text. Watched many Youtube videos I or they are not using the same version.

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C-5 Crew Chief
C-5 Crew Chief

Reply 1 year ago

I followed your last instructions. Just giving up. Thank you for your help nothing I try works. Take Care and again Thank You
Step 2: Download

Below are the pre-designed STL 􀀽les for each of the following herbs:
Thyme
Dill
Parsley
Rosemary
Oregano
Greek Oregano
Mint
Catnip
O R

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C-5 Crew Chief
C-5 Crew Chief

Reply 1 year ago

Sorry to bother again. Followed your reply and thank you but this is all I get. No files.

Below are the pre-designed STL files for each of the following herbs:
  • Thyme
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Greek Oregano
  • Mint
  • Catnip
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CraigFrancis
CraigFrancis

Reply 1 year ago

No worries. Slightly below that list do you see this..

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CraigFrancis
CraigFrancis

Reply 1 year ago

Hey! In the download step above there are 7 .stl files for the pre designed markers. You can drop these straight into a slicer like Cura to print.


If you download fusion 360 and open the file “ HERB_MARKER_BLANK.f3d” the steps you need to follow to add text are:

Ctrl - Click on the face you want to add text. Select “create sketch”

From the sketch tools select the type tool.

Type in your text and customize how you like.

Now select the text you have just created, it will highlight blue.

Go to the solid> create> Menu and select the extrude tool. (My keyboard shortcut for this is e)

The value that you want to add in “distance” is 0.1 in

That’s it. You can now select File> 3D Print

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ericcarlisle
ericcarlisle

1 year ago

Well done! These are very nice!
Hope this is helpful. There's a typo - "PTEG" is listed as a filament type. It should be "PETG" instead. Thanks!

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CraigFrancis
CraigFrancis

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks man, updated! : )

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DylanD581
DylanD581

1 year ago

These came out nicely! I like the simple & clean design!

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CraigFrancis
CraigFrancis

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you Dylan!