Christian Lölkes shares a helpful tutorial for creating candles with a 3D printer & scanner:
The CEO at my student job turned 70. Having a 3D printer & scanner at work there was only one thing to do: make candles.
Why not print the mold directly?
- I don’t have any ABS. I tried once and i didn’t like it. Wax melts at about 60°C and PLA gets soft at the same temperature.
- Even if you have ABS i recommend you to use a silicone mold. It will last longer and is soft and flexible. With this complex structure you need a flexible mold in order to remove the candle without damaging it.
What do you need
- A 3d model. If you have a Kinect (or similar) and a good computer with the right GPU you can scan yourself (with the help of your friends/brother or your mom). Maybe a nearby hackerspace can help you. I did it with ReconstructMe and a PC-Kinect.
- A 3d printer. If you don’t have one you can order a print online or go to your local hackerspace/fablab to print one (don’t forget to bring some beer).
- Silicone mold mass. You can get it for 40€/kg on the internet or at some hardware stores.
- Old candles or wax (+ color) and candle wick. I got 10cm long wicks with a little metal base plate: perfect.
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