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Custom Modular Planters

Creation quality: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
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Licence CULTS - Private Use
Publication date 2022-09-14 at 22:56
Design number 846130
3D design format
STL Folder details Close
  • Dimond Paver.STL
  • Octagon Base.STL
  • Octagon Paver.STL
  • Octagon Planter.STL
  • Retainer.STL
  • Spire Paver.STL

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3D printer file info

3D model description

Problem Statement ⚠️

I really enjoy planting and growing succulents, although I've noticed it is difficult to find planters that I like for a reasonable price. So I set out on a mission to leverage my printer's capabilities to solve this problem. But I didn't just stop at 3D printing, I wanted these planters to be something that would stand the test of time. So I decided to convert the relatively strong 3D printed components into lasting rigid concrete ones.

Design Context ⚙️

When I started the design of this project I wanted to have the ability to quickly rearrange the planters and pavers to create different layouts. I achieved this modularity by sub-dividing the base shape which was an elongated hexagon into 3 unique shapes. The main shape is a pentagon, which has three different configurations, depending on the application of that component. For example, if you wanted to create a vertical stack-up, you would start with a base planter and then add as many hollow planters as you would like. Because these shapes are derived from the base elongated hexagon, they can be added in a repeating pattern to create new and unique shapes.

Assembly Process 🧪

To learn more about how I was able to turn a spool of 3D printer filament into rigid concrete components follow the link below:

Custom Modular Planters Project Overview

The linked video shows an overview of how I carried out this project. Supplemental information will also be provided on my Instagram in the coming weeks (including the bill of materials and a detailed project writeup) so stay tuned.

If you enjoy this project and want more details, then feel free to follow me on Instagram for more engineering projects related to:

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3D printing settings

Slicer Settings

  • Infill Density: 15%
  • Fill Pattern: Gyroid
  • Layer Height: 0.2mm
  • Perimeters: 3
  • Solid Top Layers: 6
  • Solid Bottom Layers: 3

Print Time: ~15 hours (All Components)

3D printed parts have basic geometries so print settings are entirely up to you, these were just the ones I used.


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