Can Vases Be Printed Watertight in Vase Mode?

In the “Dura: PLA based biodegradable Nylon Analog” blog post, I mentioned that I had not tried using the optimized bottom/ironing-enabled method with other filaments. Later, I performed tests on vases using three types of filaments; Dura Nylon PLA, Pro PLA by 3D Printlife, and PLA by Push Plastic. The definition of watertight for these tests is the vase holds water for more than 2 weeks without leaking. The results of my tests are that vase circumference, filament, the top fill pattern, and slicer are all factors in making watertight vase mode vases.

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Dura: PLA based biodegradable Nylon Analog

Dura Nylon colors

A couple of months ago, I received an email from 3D Printlife about Dura nylon. After reading the description, I thought it might work for making a cushioned shoe sole and for the chair cushion, so I ordered a spool. I was hoping it would make a softer cushion, where covering the top with cotton batting and fabric would not be required.

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Can A Solar Oven Melt Failed Prints?

A few posts in 3d printing Facebook groups have shown flat masses made by melting shredded failed prints and filament scraps. I do not want to melt PLA in my oven due to the fumes that would be generated, so I never tried, despite wanting to recycle prints instead of throwing them away. Having large, flat masses of filament would save me the trouble of printing shelves for the cabinets I plan to make. After a recent slew of failed prints for a coffee table project, my desire to convert them into shelving pieces increased.

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Is A Chair Cushion Possible With colorFabb LW-PLA?

Upon seeing an announcement about colorFabb’s LW-PLA, my first thought was cushions. The filament was on back order at the time and I waited a few months for it to arrive. I waited again before I tried printing with the filament as I learned a direct drive extruder was best. Finally, in February I was able to begin printing.

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Cura’s Triangles Infill

Just in case you missed news about Cura’s triangles infill, the photos above and below are examples printed with Push Plastic’s Translucent Green. Both examples were printed with one perimeter, 30 % infill, and 0.2 layer height.

I have tried using Cura’s gyroid infill without perimeters, hoping to get results similar to Stefan of CNC Kitchen, as he did in his video. The prints crumbled. Perhaps I will try it again with one perimeter and translucent filament. Until then, I will enjoy the nuances of this mesmerizing triangles infill.