Stackable 3D Print Design

By on February 12th, 2012 in Design, Ideas


Tom Modeen is at it again, developing weird but artistic techniques for producing 3D objects with 3D printers. This time he’s interrupting the 3D print operation before it completes, revealing the usually hidden inner support structure. By printing similarly sized objects, one can take these partial prints and manually assemble them in different combinations to create different composite objects. He says: 
The designs, which are a part of the ‘Interrupted Design’ series, all have in common that the support grid, usually hidden in the completed piece, that the FDM fabrication process can produce to save on both on material and printing time, has here been left exposed by interrupting the build before it’s due. The CAD files that are used for the build have been designed accordingly, i.e. they all include ‘extra’ (z-axis) residual height in their designs that allow for the build to be stopped early without the design looking stumped…

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!