Organic T-Splines

The shape was 3D modeled in Autodesk Fusion 360. It was created using t-splines, which is a part of the sculpting environment and toolset. The design is free to download and modify.

I've included three different sizes of flower, all of which will clip neatly onto the light strand.  Choose your favorite size or print a few of each size to add lovely variety to your light strand.

3D Printing

Because this part features no flat edges, it will require support material to 3D print properly. Most slicing software for 3D printers are capable of producing support material. A raft is also necessary for properly adhering the part to the bed. 

Print them face down with the clips up in the air.  This makes it easier to remove the supports without accidentally breaking off the clips.

If you don't have acccess to a 3D printer, can you upload the STL file to 3D Hubs and have a local hub 3D print and send the parts to you.

This part is solid in design, so to make it hollow you'll want to print with 0% infill.

Slice Settings

Below are some recommened slice settings.

  • Glow in the Dark, clear, or white PLA @ 220C extruder / 65C bed
  • Bluetape on non-heated beds
  • Support and Raft required
  • 0% Infill
  • 2 shells/perimeters
  • 60mm/s printing speed

Support Settings

  • support type: everywhere
  • 60 degree overhangs
  • support infill desnity 15%
  • horizontal offset from part 0.30mm

Raft Settings

  • 3 surface layers
  • offset from part 3.00mm
  • separation distance 0.14mm
  • raft infill 50%

Removing Support Material

A pair of flush diagonal cutters can help remove support material from the part. It can also be removed by hand if it's of high quality.  

This guide was first published on Feb 08, 2018. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Mar 08, 2024.

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