Vessel is an experiment that uses your 3D printer to create something that is a little bit more chaotic and natural feeling than most typical 3d prints. As you can see in the video below, the filament is sometimes deposited from quite a distance above previous layers to allow it to droop into place. Aside from just being delivered more loosely, the design intentionally utilizes gaps in layers to create this woven looking finish.
You can attempt to design your own on the website (I had best luck in google chrome). Once you’ve got something designed, the page will spit out custom G-code to use with your printer. I’m still attempting to tweak things to get an actual print out of it, but as you can see, the creator DavidLobser has done some very successful prints….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!