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Bill Hegbli
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Izzy Jay, don't believe a 3D printer can make an hollow egg shape. It may have to be made in 2 halves, then glued together. Then they seam made invisible.

All I have seen is very odd colors, being made with 3D printers, has white resin ben created yet?
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You can make whatever color you like (as long as you have that color printing material, obviously) or paint after the object is printed. Either way, I guess nobody tried making it yet.
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The fact that the egg needs to have a hole makes it somewhat easier to make. Theoretically. Or not. Smile
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Anyone here on the Café got any experience with 3D printing?
These guys make/print some interesting magical items. https://www.3dmagicworks.com maybe I should ask them.
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Search in the Workshop topic, there are several people showing what they made. There is a girl who is very knowledgeable with 3D printing. I am sure she can answer any questions you have.
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Will do. Thank You.
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I've printed an egg with my 3D printer, but not a hollow one. It's easy to modify the design to make it hollow and I think if it prints the egg in a vertical orientation it should be easy to print. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes.
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Thanks
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Here's the rendering of the silk to egg. I have a small test print running now. When it looks good I'll run a full size print.

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Cool!!! Can’t wait to see the finished version!
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How thick are you making the shell?
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Here it is. It may be too thin. It takes some trial and error to get all the dimensions just right.
I have an entry-level printer and I ran this in "good" mode rather than "excellent" mode. So while this
is not a great specimen it shows that it can be done.

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I just pulled it off the printer. It feels strong enough to use. Tomorrow I'll try one on the "excellent" setting and see how it comes out.
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And this was made in a single piece. Not two halves glued together. Incredible.
Just a side note. Most of the professional versions have the hole in an oval shape. Easier to work with.
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One last picture...
Here's the egg holding an 18" silk.

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Looks Awesome!!!!! How does it compare next to a real egg?
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I got the height right. My width is a bit narrower.

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Oh well, I guess practice makes perfect. Smile
But as you said earlier, it just shows that it can be done. With a bit of trial and error, the perfect egg is not that far away. Smile
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On Apr 16, 2018, Bill Hegbli wrote:
Izzy Jay, don't believe a 3D printer can make an hollow egg shape. It may have to be made in 2 halves, then glued together. Then they seam made invisible.

All I have seen is very odd colors, being made with 3D printers, has white resin ben created yet?


So Bill, what do you think of Oliver’s work?
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If I wanted to produce realistic eggs for silk to egg I wouldn't use 3D printing. I'd make a silicone mold from a real egg then slush cast it with a compound like Smooth Cast 300. This would give you a hollow egg with virtually no seam. You would just need to drill the hole when the resin cured. Smooth Cast 300 sets in 3 minutes. It turns white when it cures..
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