A year ago, Toronto-based 3D printing and quick prototyping administration Custom Prototypes astonished us with a dazzling 3D printed imitation of Vincent van Gogh's most famous painting The Starry Night, initially painted in 1889. Presently, it has come through once more with a similarly noteworthy venture: a 3D printed, 100% plastic stained glass window.
The last item that Custom Prototypes delivered is something outstanding, as the 3D printed window effectively catches the style of traditional stained glass. Maybe more amazing, in any case, it the protracted procedure that went into understanding the workmanship. It took three months for the dedicated Custom Prototypes team to complete the stained glass window project as it included a lot of stuff from designing, 3D printing, post processing and finalizing the different parts of the pieces. The team is expecting to be honored with first prize at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) conference in the Advanced Finishing category. Last year they were awarded for 3D printing Van Gogh artwork.
The software behind 3D printed plastic stained glass window
The team utilized 3D design software Solidworks, which permitted them to unpredictably show a 3D printable rendition of the stained glass window. At the point when the procedure was finished, the model was separated into four portions, which were 3D printed separately .obviously, 3D printing the parts for the window was just piece of the work, as the Custom Prototypes group then needed to explore how to
- Color the “glass" parts without blocking the straightforwardness.
- How to handle the 3D printed frame for making it look authentic.
As indicated by the organization, making sense of how to shading the glass sections was the trickiest piece of the procedure and took a couple tries.
The whole process
As they clarify on their blog, the group invested a long energy testing distinctive coloring techniques on scrap bits of clear plastic, including paint (which was excessively murky) and diverse colors. At last, hued colors were utilized, however they must be utilized deliberately to abstain from draining and blending with different hues. For the lustrous impact, the group then connected a thick layer of an unmistakable shine to the print. For the came bars that give the presence of associating the diverse "plates of glass," the group initially connected a metallic splash, and afterward a dark top coat, which was finished and wrapped up a typical steel fleece wipe. In genuine recolored glass, the came lines that interface distinctive bits of glass are generally produced using lead, zinc, metal, or significantly copper.
At the point when the stained glass section was finished, the 3D printed outline parts were amassed utilizing paste and thusly sanded. Crevices were filled utilizing a body filler. The casing was then splash painted in different distinctive hues, and was done with a sandstone best covering for the matured stone impact. The last get together comprised of adjusting the recolored glass to the edge and securing it.All on the whole, we'd say the diligent work paid off, as the 3D printed recolored glass window is truly something to view.