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Designing & 3D Printing A Star Vase With 3DS Max

Star Vase printed with transparent purple AMZ3D PLA

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.

 

Step 1:

Navigate to the splines section and select the Star tool.

Step 1

Step 2:

Place a star spline with your desired dimensions and number of points. The filet option can be used to smooth the edges.

Step 2

 

Step 3:

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.

 

Step 3

Step 4:

Select the star. Right click, and select Convert To: Editable Poly

Step 4

 

Step 5:

Select the top face of the object, and twist it.

Step 5

 

Step 6:

With the top face still selected, shrink it to your desired size to create a taper.

Step 6

 

Step 7:

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.

Step 7

Step 8:

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.

Star Vase printed with transparent purple AMZ3D PLA
Star Vase printed with transparent purple AMZ3D PLA

 

You can download the model on Thingiverse:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2105789

 

Thanks for reading! I hope you learned something. Have a great day.

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