I designed this to be light and easy to print. It also looks great with transparent PLA. The red and yellow version shown was printed with Hatchbox Transparent Red and Transparent Yellow and TTYT3D Shine Gold.
If you’re looking for a more classic design, look at my Christmas Bell Ornaments. They are all part of my Christmas Collection.
The ornament prints reasonably well without any supports using an FDM printer, but the top rim winds up a little rounded and the inside is a little rough (where it doesn’t show). I wanted it to print exactly as I designed it, so I experimented with various Cura supports before designing my own in Blender. If you want the outside to print its best but don’t care about the inside, print the STL “with Outer Supports.” If you want it to look its best everywhere, print the STL “with All Supports.”
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!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.