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Thin Cylinder for Costume Curlers

Creation's quality: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
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3D model description

"Mommy, can you print me some curlers?" asked my daughter the night before the 100th day of school, a day the kids at school dress up as if they are 100 years old. It was getting late and I had the printer off for the night, but my daughter was irresistible. Quick Cults3D and Thingiverse searches did not lead me to anything I wanted, so I opened Mathematica and whipped up a quick ParametricPlot3D of a circular cylinder to export to STL. (It took less time to do that than it did for Thingiverse to complete its search.)

These vase mode prints came out beautifully! In the morning, with some bobby pins we made a mess of her hair and I had a happy daughter ready to wow the world as an elderly woman.

3D printing settings

The model is approx 38 x 38 x 63.5 mm. (Originally done in inches since that's how Mathematica interpreted my numbers and I didn't take the time to fuss around with that.)

In Simplify3D, the model looks incomplete since it's supposedly an infinitely thin surface, but S3D sliced it fine and it looks correct in the S3D print preview.

Note that the STL file size may seem a bit large for such a simple shape, but I set a high resolution for the rendering since I wanted to be sure it printed smoothly and I didn't take any time to try to optimize it . . . I just wanted to get it done quickly.

I printed in "Single outline corkscrew printing mode (vase mode)" with 0.3 mm layer height.

  • 3D file format: STL
  • 3D model size: X 1.5 × Y 1.5 × Z 2.5 mm
  • Publication date: 2020/02/20 at 06:02





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I am a high school math teacher and 3D printing hobbyist. I have been 3D printing since 2017 and enjoy making things for my classes and my own children and home in San Diego, California, USA.

Learn more about me on HotMakes Episode 60!
See my video on YouTube and my user story written and published by Simplify3D.

I design with Mathematica, CorelDRAW, Fusion 360, and Tinkercad. I love my MakerGear M3-ID and my Palette 2S Pro. I have a Prusa MK3S as well. I started a 3D printing sub-site, but it needs some updating.

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