Making a boat with a stand

Discussion in 'Design and Modeling' started by Smaulio, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Smaulio
    Smaulio New Member
    Hi all -

    I'm preparing to export my first model for a Shapeways print. It's a boat, and because it has a rounded bottom I'm considering making a stand for it to sit upon.

    I'm planning on making the boat hull hollow, with a hole at the bottom for the material to come out of. The idea I had was to make a sort of tripod stand, with a single tip that comes up and fits into the hole -- then the boat could sit on the tip, which would plug into the hole and hold it steady.

    I have a couple of questions about this -- first, should the stand be a separate model that I export and print separately, or can I just build them as part of the same model, although the two parts won't be attached?

    The other question is, how big does the hole in the bottom of the hull have to be in order for the material to be able to be cleared out?

    If anyone's tried something similar, or if there are examples out there that are similar, I'd love to see them.

    Thanks a lot!


  2. bartv
    bartv New Member
    Hi Smaulio,

    You can combine separate objects into one model if you want, no problem.

    About the hole size: which material are you planning to use?


  3. Smaulio
    Smaulio New Member
    Thanks for the info!

    I haven't decided on a material. I want the model to be fairly detailed and durable, and not too brittle. By detailed, I mean mostly surface detail (small bumps and ridges -- I understand that the thickness of protruding details shouldn't fall below 1mm. And I'm not planning on painting it.

    Do you have a suggestion for material?

  4. pete
    pete Shapeways Employee CEO & Co-Founder
    Hey Smaulio,

    the best material for your project is White Strong and Flexible. It allows high details, is durable and allows for remarkable details.

    The hole in the bottom needs to be 1 cm2 or so.
    Could be 0.5 x 2 or 1x1.