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Furry Vase is a 3D Printed Experiment with Drooloops

Furry Vase

The Furry Vase is a whacky experiment in 3D printing design, applying the “Drooloop” flower technique to striking effect.

If a plain old flower vase is too boring and you want to jazz up your home a little, you may be interested in Daniel Noree’s latest 3D printed project.

The Furry Vase is a household object covered in individual strands of filament — it looks like it’s got protruding hair!

Noree’s inspiration was the Drooloop flowers created by Mark Peters. The idea is to print filament in mid air, without supports, so that the filament droops downward and cools to form shapes like flower petals.

The Furry Vase uses the same technique and is a funky way to hold Drooloop flowers. To print the vase, Noree explains that “pins” come out from the base of the shape and loop back around.

To do this, the extruder simply goes out into thin air and comes back again. This leaves a thin strand of filament. As many of these build up, the overall effect is of green fur coming out from the vase.

You can check out how Noree made the Furry Vase in the video below:

Specifics of the Furry Vase 3D Printing Experiment

In total, there are about 2,000 of the little overhanging pins which make up the fur. Noree explains that to create the effect, he prints 10mm in the Z axis for one layer. Once complete, the extruder then moves up by 10mm and repeats this process until the print is finished.

The pins are 0.02mm thick and 0.8mm wide. Noree also points out the importance of ensuring the extruder doesn’t pull the filament back too much.

For this green furry vase, Noree used a ZYYX printer and the experiment needed no rafts or supports. The overall design was printed in PLA with two bottom layers and no top layers.

Noree points out that he had a perimeter of 3, a speed of 45 mm/s and an outline underspeed of 30%. He kept the cooling fan off and advises that it is worth keeping the print speed slow to ensure the best results. The overall result took around 14 hours to complete.

If you’re interested in building your own furry vase, you can find the complete instructions on Thingiverse.

furry vase