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Custom Modular Planters

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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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  • Design

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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.

3D printer file information

  • 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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  • Publication date: 2022-09-15 at 00:56





Welcome ⚛

I'm a mechanical design engineer with a passion for 3D printing who enjoys designing custom products while refining my skills and leveraging the benefits of additive manufacturing. Please enjoy my designs and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.

If you enjoy any of my designs feel free to follow me on Instagram for more engineering projects related to:
• 3D printing
• Arduino Projects
• Design

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