Dec 6, 2014

The holiday season is fast approaching and do you love to make some cool and stylish ornament for your Christmas tree? 3D designer Don Foley is getting into the holiday spirit by creating a 3D printed Astrolabe tree ornament based off his armillary sphere he designed earlier this year.

Don built his Astrolabe in Lightwave 3D and exported the resulting file as an STL document.

Then he loaded the STL file in Simplify3D for printer controls. Simplify3D Software is a commercial 3D printing software that has been in the market for almost 2 years. In Simplify3D you can scale a model up or down, slice files, generate G-Code instructions and apply custom print settings, such as temperature, resolution, print speed etc. You can also watch an animated preview of your build sequence.

The ornament in Simplify3D, this is the toolpath preview. Blue is print, green is travel

The output from Simplify3D, a .x3g file was then written to a SD card and placed into his Wanhao Duplicator 4 3D printer.

Printing the ornament on two Wanhao Duplicator 4S and one Duplicator 4 at the same time.

Final Print Caption

The file was printed in "Foxy Silver" PLA from Makergeeks. Don assembled the print using Loctite Gel Control Super Glue and painted with Modern Masters Copper paint. See the photos of the final print below.

Like it? You can download the STL file here and print your own (free for a week).


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Tricia Samora wrote at 2/22/2017 6:24:05 PM:

Don, I am a new engineering teacher lucky enough to have a 3D printer in the back of my room. One of my students would like to print your astroglobe. Is it still possible to get a copy of the .stl file? If its not longer free, where can I download it and at what cost. I can be contacted at Tricia Samora

Don Foley wrote at 12/7/2014 12:07:37 AM:

Dave, you may have been trying to download the Armillary Sphere. You want the Astrolabe Ornament (that's the reason I named them so differently, to reduce confusion) on the bottom of the 'store' page. It will be free for the next week. Enjoy!

Don Foley wrote at 12/6/2014 11:22:18 PM:

Dave, I just checked, it is free, and several people have downloaded it. Try again?

Anja wrote at 12/6/2014 9:40:19 PM:

@dave: It is the last one on the page

dave wrote at 12/6/2014 8:57:19 PM:

just checked his site out and its not free

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