While it can be argued which company provides the best desktop 3D printer for the best price, it’s hard to argue who the leader within the space currently is. MakerBot got off to an early start in 2009, and has since been one, if not THE leader within the desktop 3D printing space. They not only provide the hardware via their MakerBot Replicator line of 3D printers, but also an entire ecosystem. Whether it be the MakerBot Digital Store, which offers professionally designed models, or the Thingiverse library of over 100,000 free downloadable models to choose from, MakerBot prides itself on this very ecosystem.
With Halloween around the corner some of you may have been wondering what MakerBot has in store for us all. Well, here’s a start…
Recently a team of designers at MakerBot uploaded a design on Thingiverse for something you certainly won’t find too often, a 3D printable Halloween-themed chandelier. Called the ‘Chandelier of Fear’, this amazing piece is not something you will want to try and tackle on a weekday night. Made up of 70 different pieces, and printed using four different colors of filament, this chandelier is quite an incredible sight.
The total measurements of the finished piece are 28 x 28 x 25 inches, which falls in line with the dimensions of a typical, average size chandelier you’d buy at the store. The pictures provided here do not do this piece justice, as there is an incredible amount of detail on this amazing design.
“An interesting fact is that the designer used some jewelry detailing (the little spheres, called milgrain) on the body to make the chandelier more ornate,” Jenifer Howard, Director of PR for MakerBot told 3DPrint.com.
If you are considering diving into this project, don’t expect to complete it within a day. According to MakerBot, the print time alone is estimated to take around 75 hours, with an additional couple of hours needed for assembly. All of the 70 parts can be printed without the use of support material, and all that’s needed for assembly is glue and a rubber mallet.
So far, the model files have been downloaded close to 1,400 times, with three Thingiverse members posting pictures of their completed ‘Chandelier of Fear’ on the site. Let us know if you’ve decided to take on this incredible project. Post your pictures and feedback in the Chandelier of Fear forum thread on 3DPB.com. If you would like to see the Chandelier in person, then head on down to the MakerBot Store, located in New York City at 298 Mulberry Street.
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