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3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

After the initial set-up and a lot of tinkering I’m starting to get some awesome results from the 3D printer. I made these two complex figures to better understand the limits of what the machine can do. As you can see below the results are already pretty impressive:

3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

One of the benefits of 3D printing is that you can achieve forms that aren’t always possible with traditional manufacturing techniques, this makes for some novel photo opportunities.

Both objects were printed with ABS plastic. Surprisingly the black ABS makes the manufacturing process a lot more evident. The specular highlights strongly reveal the striation as the plastic is printed layer by layer. This results in a really interesting “velvety” texture across the surface of the object.

3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

I was also very impressed with the resolution of the prints. I was using a layer thickness of about 0.27mm, as you can see in the photo below this makes for a pattern that is slightly denser than a human fingerprint.

3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

3D Printing Parametric Sculptures with MakerBot Replicator

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  1. Fred says:

    Nice models! What software did you create them in?




  2. Matthew Compeau says:

    Hi Fred, Glad you liked them, I made these particular models in 3D Studio Max but typically I do this kind of work in Rhino/Grasshopper.




  3. Mike says:

    sweet stuff.. I’m thinking of buying one of these affordable printers soon but don’t know which to get. I was wondering what made you choose this unit over another printer available? I believe there are many other startup businesses selling them too.




  4. Luke says:

    Alright, you’ve got my attention. Any chance you plan on posting these bad boys to thingiverse so more of us can have a go at printing them? These models are great.




  5. Matthew Compeau says:

    Mike: I wrote another recent post concerning what other 3D printers are on the market and why I went with the Replicator : http://www.emergentforms.com/blog/2012/01/19/current-state-of-consumer-3d-printing/

    Luke: I’ll be uploading them to Thingiverse shortly.