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    Default Working on a 3d printed trees topper

    Decided to replace my wooden tree topper with a 3d printed one this year. Since my monoprice select mini has a bed size of 120x120x120mm I made it in parts. Divided the slices into 8 wedges. This way I can swap out wedges for different # of light strings. Currently printing a set for 8 sets per quarter. (Making a 32 strand 180 degree pixel tree this year). There are holes for cable ties or bolts to hold the wedges together.
    Still working on the final details. Will also include an edge clip not pictured.

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    More progress . Averaging about 6h per wedge. 3 more to go.

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    Default Re: Working on a 3d printed trees topper

    Looks nice. How sturdy is it? Did you go pla or petg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccrowder View Post
    Looks nice. How sturdy is it? Did you go pla or petg?
    Feels pretty strong even at 20% infill PLA. Hopefully it won't get to warm before Christmas. We'll see how it holds up.

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    Nice job.

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    Default Re: Working on a 3d printed trees topper

    Any possibility of sharing the STL files?

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    Default Re: Working on a 3d printed trees topper

    How did the topper hold up for you last year? If yes or no ,what would you do differently. would you mind posting the STL anyway, I would like to scale it down for some mini trees..

    Thanks Chris.

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    I did one for pixel strips, its printed in ABS / 90% fill, I like the wedge idea from Braveit1. I was out in left field with my thoughts on how to make it larger than 7.5" (largest size on monoprice maker select v2). Its been up for a couple weeks, we had some strong wind and it held up nicely. I can sent you the STL if you would like.
    Jim
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    Default Re: Working on a 3d printed trees topper

    Hello Jim,

    I really like your design for a topper. I have a couple questions about it.

    with the slots how do the lights mount to it?
    What program did you design this in?
    For lights are you using regular ones or pixels in strip?

    Jon

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    I did it in tinkercad (tinkercad.com). The strip slides up in to the topper, i fold it over and zip tie it to itself. The slot is only wide enough for on strip thickness. I did 24 slots because i used to have 24 strings of led lights. It gets a little tight at the top :-) When it comes time to break it down I will be sacrificing those zip ties (clearly, those are the least expensive component of this hobby!). I was worried about how it would hold up so I printed it at 1" thick. Next iteration (2019) i will think about that wedge concept and make it 12" so its not so compact at the top.
    Jim

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