Ever had a brain plop that turns out to be a really good idea? Believe me, when I say, I am really proud of this week’s 3d printed plop!
Don’t worry, no actual plops were used in the making of this blog post, just the brain egg kind.
As ever I am using Microsoft 3D Builder for the design work and my CoLiDo 3D Printer for the printing.
Anyway, this string of egg-plops started out with a little birdie. Here is the cute little chappie.
Here is the cute little chappie. Go on, give us a tweet!
Now, I did have to work hard to get the next brain-egg out, however, after a little fiddling in Microsoft 3D Builder I had duplicated the little chappie and also added a few actual eggs – the idea that I was working towards was to use it as a handle on an MDF box.
Here is the test print that I made.
Pretty awesome wouldn’t you agree?
I wanted something more though as colour combos were starting to take shape.
I, therefore, rooted through my collection of 3D files and came across the box top file that I used in some of my very early experiments.
Using the basic shapes from Microsoft 3D Builder I added a little more depth to it, shown in green, so that it would have good structural strength.
This was then combined with the original bird design.
Here is the 3D test print of the next stage.
I took this and glued it to an MDF box top using Pinflair Glue Gel and, whilst that was drying, I sat down to consider if any more brain-egg plops could be formed.
The answer was an inevitable yes!
Cue chirpy chappy two!
This guy is flapping amazing.
I had already decided that he would be stuck to the box top at the corners so again I used one of the built in shapes from Microsoft 3D Builder to add an upside-down cone to the bird and then chopped out a wedge using a cube.
Four of these were then printed off and glued to the box top.
Still quite not there though as now there is a ‘bald patch’ between the flying birds.
Brain-plop says SWAG!
So off I went to find a swag design and then edited it to give the centre an egg shape – quite a lot of those in this post aren’t there?!
Four of these were printed and then attached to the box lid with Pinflair Glue Gel and held in place while drying with 3M painters tape.
Phew! I’m all plopped out!
I left this overnight to fully dry and then rose in the morning ready to raid the paints and pastes and decorate the box!
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