I’m going to describe the basic process I go through to design and then 3D print a vase using 3DS Max. The basic techniques can be applied to many different modeling programs.
Navigate to the splines section and select the Star tool.
Place a star spline with your desired dimensions and number of points. The filet option can be used to smooth the edges.
Select the star. Select Extrude from the Modifier List. Enter the desired height. Use 1 vertical segment for this example, with the rest of the settings at default.
Select the star. Right click, and select Convert To: Editable Poly
Select the top face of the object, and twist it.
With the top face still selected, shrink it to your desired size to create a taper.
Export the model as an STL from 3DS Max, and import it into your slicing program. I use Slic3r and repetier host.
To use vase mode, you have to have:
- 1 External Perimeter
- 0 Top Layers
- Spiral vase mode enabled (obviously)
I find that using 3 bottom layers is fine, but you can use more to make it less tippy.
Once the model is sliced, print it using your printer and desired settings. I printed this one using transparent purple PLA from AMZ3D. It came out alright; I should have printed a bit slower.
You can download the model on Thingiverse:
Thanks for reading! I hope you learned something. Have a great day.