Goldilocks and the 3D Jungle Gym

The jungle gym I printed with my cool new Makerbot Replicator 2 printer just didn’t look night to me. Since I knew it was an issue of scale, I decided to print it again. I once again completely redesigned it in 3ds Max software, making the vertical posts bigger and the horizontal ones just a bit bigger. I printed it using rafts (little plastic disks printed under the design  that help it stick to the printing plate) and I increased the thickness of the layers to make it go faster. So, I tried three different thicknesses and designs for my jungle gym pipes and, like Goldilocks, one was too big, one was too small, and one was just right! Now it is on to the painting and adding the birds.

New jungle gym printed on rafts.
New jungle gym printed on rafts. The rafts also protected the feet and kept them from breaking off when I removed the print from the printing plate.
The 3 different jungle gyms. The one in the front is the best and final one.
The 3 different jungle gyms. The one in the front is the best and final one.

2 comments

  1. Louise, you are amazing. I’d never, ever have tackled a 3D printer, and I’m amazed at how well it did on your jungle gym. Bravo. I’d probably have stuck with dowels and tried to make connectors out of clay, ho-hum. I was even more impressed with your 3D birds. They turned out beautifully.

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