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Cagey, Lovely & Strong! Amsterdam Designer Perfects New Es-Cage Method in 3D Printing, Offers Tutorials

by • March 15, 2016 • No Comments

newlogo 01Erik Es of Amsterdam is really onto a thing. In a world that is expanding at any time additional full of knickknacks and tchotchkes thanks to a multitude of various making systemes and crafts—as well as 3D printing–the operator of Printed in Space has come up with a new method that yields a few really classy looking designs for the home.

“Over the last two months I have created an informative new 3D printing technique for FDM/FFF printing devices,” Es told 3DPrint.com. “I call it ‘Es-Cage printing‘.”

goodAnd as takes place so frequently with creative types, Es stumbled upon this new system while attempting to ideal another one in the form of…wait for it…basket weaving. Yes, basket weaving combined with 3D printing—but that is another conversation. Whilst embroiled in that endeavor, he in addition ended up creating a new and odd way of fabricating cage designs—and Es-Cage printing was born. Es accomplished that the standard FDM 3D printing device can jump over empty spaces ‘much like a spider.’ This system is called bridging, and the developer points out that it works really well for small distances up to one inch—ideal for his cage prints.

Models, like that of the basic cylinder, are created of numerous stages, bearing indentations, and every one containing and inner and outer shell that is connected by radials—part of the construction that must match up precisely, as they, according to Es, form the beams, that in a create like a basket are utilized to bind the stages together.

“The trick of Es-Cage printing is that every stage is versioned so that the following stage can have precisely the same radials, but “switched” inner and outer shells,” explains Es. “Basically, the printing device is printing ‘zig-zags’ all the time, alternating between zig-zagging and zag-zigging to form the stages.”

Radials can in addition contribute ‘body,’ and outcome in a thing like a wicker pattern. See additional regarding that topic in his section for baskets.

“The prints come out clean, and print time is relatively low compared to normal printing,” says Es. “The amount of radials can of course alter, as can the height of the stages and the thickness of the outcomeing ‘wall.’

UntitledWhilst this may all sound certainly complex, if you try to manufacture your own (see the tutorials), you can find that indeed the structures can be printed in one piece and really speedily, with no fill or supports. Es’ instructions are really clear, step-by-step, and contribute a rad amount of visuals to assist you along.

On the other hand contributeing a pretty delicate appearance, the lightweight cage designs are as sturdy as they are lovely–and need just one continuous print. Es states that actually with his small prints, they are so sturdy he can stand on them without seeing them break or actually bend.

In experimenting, he began to work on and ideal 3D printing squares, spheres, cylinders, and actually shapes that are combined, that in the end allowed him to ideal a desk organizer. Whilst he was able-bodied to merge items like the cube and the cylinder pretty easily, he was challenged in combining the cube and sphere shapes, in terms of how they intersected.

“Once a version is finished, it is really effortless to deform it,” says Es. “In the pictures you can see the initially example of applying a ‘twist’ operation to the version.”

Even additional complex shapes outcomeed in lamp shades, as the developer cut out separate tops for every one, shaping them to match every pattern. He and so printed them via a spiralized technique—and if you want to figure out how to do that by yourself too, you can have to wait for Es’ following tutorial—soon to be released.


Erik Es’ tutorials are really thorough, and chock full of excellent images to assist you know what you are doing.

For the other designs yet, he has released two tutorials that contributes the basics on how to manufacture your own 3D printed Es-Cages. He explains how to print in the two main ‘flavors,’ regular and Only Follow Mesh Surface (with no bottom option).

In the tutorials, you learn how to:

Create a cylinder via the OFMS setting in Cura – this is the easiest method and allows for the center of the nozzle to precisely follow the surface of the version. There are limitations for this system howat any time, for the reason you can’t have a bottom/top, skirt/brim, and there are no retractions.Create a cylinder via the regular setting – while this is slightly additional complex, your version can be printed with a bottom—but it must be at 100% scale.

The instructions are incredibly thorough, and you should have a lot of fun creating your own cages, with numerous other tutorials on the way, promises Es.

“I have discovered that this technique opens up a whole new world of possibilities, of that I feel I have just scratched the surface…” Es told 3DPrint.com. “I’m certain there must be most other useful, fun applications for this technique moreover the ones I have discovered so far.”

If you are a fan of Es-Cage printing, be certain to check out a few of Erik Es’ other designs, of desk organizers to jewelry, in his webshop. What do you ponder of these new designs? Tell us in the 3D Printed Es-Cage forum over at 3DPB.com.