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Organic Shapes - The Giving Tree

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Submitted for the #POLYMAKERCHALLENGE

Created in Autodesk Maya, this 3D model is to remind us that nature gives and continues to give, which is why we should really take care of the environment.

Originally created as a candy holder for the office, and a functional work of art , the branches spur from the ground, and grow to form human hands. Leaves "grow" out of the hands, to emphasize that humans are also a part of nature, and the ecosystem.

The hands are stretched out to emphasize that we (humans) are always wanting, but we are also capable of giving. The hands are meant to hold the bowl, which in turn holds whatever you want to put in it (small packs of candy works best).

The overall shape takes on a female figure to remind us of "mother" nature. Interestingly, this model printed with PLA is totally compostable.

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3D printing settings

Really Important:
If you want to use the bowl to hold actual unwrapped food, remember to print using a food safe filament. Everything else can be printed using your typical PLA filament.

This model can be printed separately, or all as one if you can fit it.

The "default" size of the tree is approx. 159 mm high x 95 mm wide x 89 mm deep, the example print you see is actually 125% bigger. You can of course, print it out as big as your print bed can make it.

The bowl and the leaves should be resized correspondingly to the tree, or else things won't fit correctly.

The roots stem out in tripod-like fashion, so it can support it's own weight and stand perfectly on a flat enough surface. I've tested it with approximately 1 lbs (16 oz) of weight, and it didn't stress out the arms holding the bowl.

Be sure to use smaller needle nose pliers to pull out the supports carefully, and a sharp hobby knife to cut through those annoying plastic strings if you have any in your print.

You have to duplicate the leaf 10 times, one for each finger. Of course, the leaf is optional, but looks cool and is part of the "meaning" of this work.

The example was printed using 1.75 mm PLA at 215 C with a bed temp of 60C, then 40C after about 50% of the bottom was printed out. But, you should follow your filament guidelines for this. The layer height was set to 0.15 mm. This was printed on my Creality Ender 3 Pro.

I used CURA 4.1.0 to generate the GCODE files for the example print. Therefore, I decided to include only the OBJ file, because it was the actual file exported from Autodesk Maya (2018).

  • 3D model format: OBJ

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