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Math Art & Ultimaker 2
– Few weeks ago i was contacted by Ultimaker, a high quality 3D printer manufacturer from Netherlands.
We discussed licensing few of my designs for PR purposes.
After few emails, we signed an agreement to barter 10 of my designs for one of the highest quality 3D printers i know – the Ultimaker 2.
While i’m good at few things.. i can’t beat this guy for the “Unboxing” video.. 😉
Here is the Ultimaker-2 3D printer:
Operating the Ultimker2 has been a great experience from day one – specifically the ease of use, the fast slicing software CURA and most importantly the high quality results.
Now since i knew what this 3d printer is capable of, i decided to start off with the organic Filigree Cranium design.
As you may have noticed by now, knowing my past-years work, or just by browsing my designs here on 3Dizingof.com – that my designs aren’t quite the “stuff” you see on free repositories..
To quote one online 3D printing Magazine: “Dizingof’s creations are typically complex, flowing and invariably beautiful” (Fabbaloo.com)
At first glance you might think these designs will be difficult to 3D print on a FDM Home 3D printer.
Well, not if you apply support structures or use water soluble PVA filament with a 2 nozzles 3D printer.
Almost every slicing software out there can create “support structures” for aiding overhangs or “bridges”.
These support structures are good and “do the job” if you don’t mind the extra hours of printing time and bruised fingers..
*Photos by Maker: Michael Berger
Luckily we have the free Cura with it’s “Lines” support structures and MeshMixer with it’s smart, efficient & thin support struts.
These free software provide an efficient, less filament used, faster 3D printing with easy snapping & removal of support structures – leaving your 3d printed model printed fully clean and smooth.
MeshMixer – Easy, Auto Support rods tutorial:
My personal settings for support rods:
Overhang degree: 45
Rods thickness: 3mm
Connecting tip of a rod to the model: 0.4mm
Rods Bases: 10mm or 20mm so they stick well to your printer’s build table and hold your model firmly especially if its big.
Additionally, add “brim” in your slicing software to add extra stickiness to avoid rods loosened during printing.
Here are some photos of the 3D printed Filigree Cranium
The surface quality is amazing yet a final touch is needed to polish hard to reach surfaces.
The Gyroid Cube
The Gyroid Cube design is probably one of my favorites – I’ve designed so many versions of it that i lost count.
You can do a search on top of the screen to see some of the versions including a FREE one – The Gyroid XL.
Once again i chose a complex geometry design with intricate voronoi pattern and a ~1.2mm wall thickness.
Time Lapse – The Gyroid Cube – on Ultimaker 2
Klein Bottle & Klein Bottle Air
“In mathematics, the Klein bottle is an example of a non-orientable surface”
With some organic & parametric design techniques, i’ve designed 2 beautiful Klein Bottles.
The Klein Bottle – a very popular design that made makers from all over the world know me as the designer Dizingof.
The Klein Bottle Air – designed as a “see-thru” geometry.
Inspired by the movie title – this desktop sculpture design uses a parametric design technique.
It was 3D printed on the Ultimaker 2 without support structures.
This is how it looks with my Bronze Coating technique which you can use your self using my Tutorial:
“In Mathematics, a Voronoi diagram is a way of dividing space into a number of regions. The regions are called Voronoi cells”.
With a 3D Voronoi design technique i divide Voronoi cells in 3D space – not 2D surface.
The famous – 3D Voronoi Yoda is based on this design technique.
I loaded the 3D Voronoi Pendant into MeshMixer and added few supporting rods on 4 sides by holding the Shift key and dragging the cursor to the ground.
With some final polishing and it’s ready as a unique Math-based Jewelry item.
To quote the editor of Cubify.com – “I have one in 3 different colors and match one with casual, one with dress, and one for blue jeans and tee shirt Saturday mornings.”
Hyper Sierpinski Fractal Art
A 3D Sierpinski Triangle Fractal – 3D printed in 100 Micron layer height with only few support rods.
Final note - A THANK YOU!
A special thanks to Matthijs de Deugd of Ultimaker BV. Netherlands.