3D PRINTING - A QUICK GUIDE AND GALLERY OF PRINTS 

Read below for a quick explanation in simple terms what 3D printing is and how it works, below the explanation is a selection of pictures showing Dee-Daw Designs items made using 3D printed pieces.

For the latest news on whats printing NOW take a look at the
3D PRINTING DIARY page.
 

FIRST: a quick bit about 3D printing - briefly its very similar to printing a photo with your home computer and colour printer.

You have an electronic document which instead of a photo, has a drawing of an object in three dimensions on it.

 

ABOVE: this is a top view of a document with some test jam pans and packaging on it.

The computer is connected to the printer and you tell the printer to make the object. A clever bit of software takes the 3D drawing and 'slices' it into horizontal layers which the printer can print one at a time.

The print head moves across the page extruding filament or not, as the software tells it building up layers one at a time.

Instead of ink, the 3D printer has a spool of filament (like a giant spool of thread on a sewing machine) The clever bit is that the print head, instead of spraying drops of ink on the page, melts the plastic filament and squirts out a line of plastic (like squeezing a tube of toothpaste).

ABOVE: the print head (top right) moves along two parallel bars going both front to back and side to side (the two silver horizontal bars going across to the print head) to cover every part of the print bed (the blue area).

The picture above shows a print is in progress and you can see the shells (outside skins) filled with a honeycomb pattern (infil) to reduce the amount of filament used and print time taken.

ABOVE: The same print run when finished showing large cans, boxes and some test books on the right hand side.

 

3D PRINTING GALLERY OF WORK

A quick look at what I've printed already with some shots of them being printed and some ideas of what I will be doing next - but for the latest news on what I'm printing NOW take a look at the 3D PRINTING DIARY page.

The test books pictured on the finished print run on the far right of the picture below,

worked so well, I printed more and they were used in my latest bookcase desk 

 

 I plan to do some filled bookcases soon, and possibly some small groups to put on desks or tables. What you don't see in the picture is that not only did I paint the book cover and added detail to the spine, I also gilded the pages!


ABOVE: The first of two 100% 3D printed Dee-Daw Designs item for sale (on the 'SMALLSORTS' online shop page). A set of 15 vintage packaging items featuring a mixture of food and cleaning products. All are 3D printed painted and hand labeled - from drawing board to customer  100% Dee-Daw!

 

ABOVE: The first of two 100% 3D printed Dee-Daw Designs item for sale(on the 'SMALLSORTS' online shop page). A set of 8 stone glaze items featuring a mixture stoneware effect pieces - the jugs are hollow. All are 3D printed and painted - I love this style of ware and will be expanding the range soon.

 

 ABOVE: The Queen Mary dresser with storage accessories was one of the first pieces to use my own accessories - the cans and packets are combined with labelled glass jars for a packed effect. (Both also in green - available to buy on the KITCHEN page of the shop).

  

 ABOVE: Wide and narrow dressers with storage accessories work well in smaller houses and the narrow is ideal for a pantry - the cans and packets are combined with labelled glass jars for a packed effect. (Both also in green- available to buy on the KITCHEN page of the online shop).

   

ABOVE: Alice's jewlery box is 3D printed then painted and decorated to become a jewlery box - I had intended it for a cigar box but she came along first! the two halves of the box can be seen on the fourth and fifth rows of the completed print run on the picture above. (Alice is available to buy in pink mint and blue options on the PEOPLE page of the online shop).