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Twisted vase with strands

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3D model description

Twisted vase with strands.

An experiment on introducing stiffness into a thin wall structure by adding strands of filament on both sides of a shell. The shell itself is a parametric modell, the strands are attached to specific points in a repeating manner. They're printed by extruding material "into the air". This technique is called bridging, because it doesn't make use of support structures. Each strand consist of two layers. This leads to a very stiff structure, which won't deform when squeezed. The diameter of the vase is about 90mm, the height ~200mm.

Geometry was created using Rhino/Grasshopper.

3D printing settings

Printer: Generic
Rafts: No
Supports: No
Resolution: 0.3mm
Filament brand: Generic
Filament material: PLA


Default settings with a 0.3mm layer height should work. Supports are not needed, bridging can be optimized by printing slower and increase cooling.
For PrusaSlicer activate "detect thin walls", in Cura "print thin walls".
The walls are 0.5mm, this is also recommended for extrusion width.
Scaling the model up or down won't probably work well, you might want to make use of XY-expansion in this case.

Please note: The model was not intended to be used for vase mode or spiral mode.

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • 210804_vase-with-strands_closed.stl

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  • 3D model size: X 89 × Y 88.5 × Z 197 mm
  • Publication date: 2021/12/01 at 01:03





My name is Alec Singh and I’m working in architecture and structural engineering. I have a strong background in computational design and digital fabrication methods.This is the place where I share my work and research.

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