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Postby Chris Knowlton » 2016-Mar-Sun-09-Mar

Hi all,

I made this rocket playhouse in ABS for my 2-year-old grandson using my Printrbot Simple Metal equipped with a heated bed and an enclosure which I built. I liked the basic Makerbot rocket but wanted something different so I designed my own with a retro look. All of the components (except the astronauts which were downloaded from an online site) were designed using Autodesk Inventor.

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Postby RetireeJay » 2016-Mar-Sun-10-Mar

Wow, that's awesome!

How did you orient those thin, convex panels around the "beltline" for printing? Did you have to use a lot of support and then clean it off?
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Re: Rocket playhouse

Postby Chris Knowlton » 2016-Mar-Sun-11-Mar

Hi Jay,

I oriented the part with the top or bottom of the panel against the bed (whichever surface was larger on a given panel) and printed like that, no support other than a small skirt.

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Postby Agent0range » 2016-Mar-Sun-17-Mar

Can I get the link? I try looking for it but couldn't find it.
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Postby Chris Knowlton » 2016-Mar-Sun-17-Mar

Hi AgentOrange, What link are you referring to?

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Postby Agent0range » 2016-Mar-Sun-18-Mar

Well to the rocket playhouse at least. I would love to print one for my kid.
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Postby Chris Knowlton » 2016-Mar-Sun-20-Mar

I have not posted the STL files though I may when I get some extra time.

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Postby Agent0range » 2016-Mar-Sun-21-Mar

Oh I thought I saw it on thingiverse. Well I would love to get ahold of the files if you ever post it.
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Postby mdfast1 » 2016-Apr-Sat-13-Apr

Amazing print, really great job Chris. Looks like a work of art!
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Re: Rocket playhouse

Postby Chris Knowlton » 2016-Apr-Sun-21-Apr

Thanks for the nice comment mdfast1. I'm currently working on an even larger project for my Granddaughter which I will post when it is complete.

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Postby JonS » 2016-Apr-Mon-18-Apr

Really inspiring work Chris. I better get designing and printing for my 15-month old daughter. She's not old enough for something like this yet, but by the time I'd have completed it, she'd probably be too old!

What did you use for the clear plastic dome in the center of the middle level?
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Postby Chris Knowlton » 2016-Apr-Tue-19-Apr

Hi Jon,

Thank you for the kind words. The clear dome was an idea from my wife. Its a piece of the blister pack for an LED light bulb she found at Lowes Home Improvement.

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Postby latisha » 2016-Apr-Thu-23-Apr

I like it! It's really awesome. Actually, you gave me an idea this post.
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Postby ingurum » 2016-Apr-Fri-03-Apr

Any chance you would share your abs settings for the printrbot simple metal? what slicer did you use?
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Re: Rocket playhouse

Postby Chris Knowlton » 2016-Apr-Fri-12-Apr

Hi ingurum,

For the spaceship walls:
The orange ABS (from intservo (eSun filament)) was run at .20 resolution. Heated bed at 100C. The first layer at 250C and the remaining layers at 245C. No fan (cooling causes cracks in tall sharp edged ABS prints). 5 bottom layers, 3 outer shells, and 7 top layers and 20% infill. I used 3 outer shells so that I could file the edges for a better looking fit, also I wanted it to be robust.
I ran the white ABS (from intservo (eSun filament)) at 245 first layer and 240 for the remaining layers. The rest of the settings were the same as the orange.
I used Kapton tape and a thin acetone ABS slurry. I have since switched to a sheet of PEI on the bed and no longer require tape, glue, or ABS slurry. It works great!

I used Simplify3D for the slicer. I started this project using a free online slicer, when I purchased Simplify3D it made such a difference that I started the project over.
I run most of my parts printing the outer shell from the inside out. This gives me a better looking part. I also specify where I want the start line to show (rather than let the start points be random which causes the surface to have little marks all over it).

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