3D Printing Maker Design Lab's Silhouette Vase.

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About: The more mistakes I make, the more experience I gain.

I do not have a laser cutter thus I could not recreate the beautiful yet remarkably simple Maker Design Lab's Silhouette Vases (https://www.instructables.com/id/Wooden-Silhouette-Test-Tube-Vases/) in wood. So I downloaded the provided .SVG templates into Autodesk Fusion 360 then modified our favorite template for 3D printing. In addition, for those not wanting to use a glass test tube (hint: grandkids...), I designed a version with a 3D printed tube.

The files "Silhouette1.stl" (for use with a glass test tube) and "Silhouette1 With Tube.stl" (for use without a glass test tube) contain all components in one file ready for 3D printing. The component files "Silhouette1 Bottom.stl" (print one of these), "Silhouette1 Frame.stl (print two of these), "Silhouette1Top.stl" (print one of these for use with a glass test tube) and "Silhouette1 Top With Tube.stl" (print one of these for use without a glass test tube) are also provided if you desire to 3D print each component individually.

I 3D printed our vases using a brim for extra hold down strength (especially around the tenons) at a layer height of .15mm, with 20% infill and no supports. After some filing and sanding, I simply pressed the bottom and top components onto the twin frame components and, after careful alignment for square, secured the components together using cyanoacrylate glue to recreate this Maker Design Lab Silhouette Vase via 3D printing.

Many, many thanks to Maker Design Lab for sharing this remarkably simple yet elegant design. My wife and I truly enjoyed it and it will be appearing in 3D printed form on all of our upcoming table settings!

If you have a particular Maker Design Lab vase you would like me to model, let me know and I will do my best to reproduce it.

And sadly, as usual, I probably forgot a file or two or who knows what else, so if you have any questions, problems and/or suggestions please do not hesitate to ask as I do make plenty of mistakes.

Designed using Autodesk Fusion 360 using the Maker Design Lab vase templates, sliced with Cura 4.1, and printed in PLA on an Ultimaker 2+ Extended and an Ultimaker 3 Extended.

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    1 day ago

    Very nice job making a 3D print version of the base!

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    seamster

    17 days ago

    Love it! I loved the first version, and it's so much fun to see that it inspired a new version. Well done!

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    gzumwaltseamster

    Reply 17 days ago

    Hi seamster!

    Thank you very much!

    My wife and I were awe inspired at the combination of simplicity and elegance of the Maker Design Labs Silhouette Vase designs and I immediately began to design a 3D printable version from the provided templates. I was concerned about the strength of PLA versus laminated plywood, but the artificial flowers appearing in the attached photographs weigh in at ten times that of the plants appearing in the original design, so no concern after all!

    Thanks again!

    Greg

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    attosa

    17 days ago

    I love it! Nice work! Inspiring as I'm trying to get into this 3D printing and am slow at it!!!!!!!!

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    gzumwaltattosa

    Reply 17 days ago

    Hi attosa,

    Thank you very much, I'm glad you enjoyed it as did I when I first saw the laser cut version by Maker Design Labs!

    I've been learning 3D printing since around 2012, so I'm in my seventh year and still learning, hang in there!

    Thanks again!

    Greg