This butterflys mounted on a welding wire are little but colorful blobs in your garden. The wingspan is about 90mm. Assembly might be a bit flimsy, but it could also be a me and my rough fingers ;-)
If you like this thing, you might want to print those, too:
Butterfly with a living hinge - (Glue to a thing / wall): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3668684
Windmill (Garden / Toy): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3664786
Windmill - 8 wings (Garden / Toy): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3669693
Printer Brand: Prusa
Printer: i3 MK3
Resolution: 0.2mm for the wings, 0.1mm for the body
Infill: doesn't matter
Filament: Das Filament PETG Metallic Blue, Maisgelb (Metallic Blue, Corn yellow)
I've added 2 versions of the butterfly:
The parts starting with MMU are designed (but not tested) for multi color / multi material printing.
The other parts are design for single extrusion printers (like the one I'm using). I've used this service https://blog.prusaprinters.org/color-print/ to insert a filament change command at layer height 0.6mm into a gcode file rendered by Slic3r / PrusaSlicer. Might work with other slicers, too.
The Butterfly_Welding_Wire_Mount-Body(Bottom)-Body1.stl part is used for both versions. Post-Printing
hairdryer to form the butterfly
glue (CA glue for indoors, more resistance glue like 2 part epoxy for outdoor)
Stable but flexible wire. 2mm diameter, 1000mm length. I used something like this: https://www.ebay.de/itm/WSG2-Stahl-Schweisstabe-WIG-Schweisdraht-W3Si1-SG2/173578616058?hash=item286a177cfa:m:m6cm3L5rTizx0-SWE9izHIQ
The butterfly is printed flat on the print bed. You can use a hairdryer to slightly heat up the print and bend it to your desire. In just a couple of seconds a boring flat little piece of plastic transforms in something cute and more realistic.
Put the bottom part of the body onto the wire
Apply some glue to at the top of the bottom body
Add the wings to the wire
Level both parts that they align with the top of the wire
Apply some glue to the bottom of the top body
Place and align the top part onto the top of the wings
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