Saturday, 3 August 2013

Golden Sun

I had this idea that I wanted to try and print a version of Sun Worship using gold filament. I had read some good things about the gold PLA from Faberdashery so I decided to give it a try.

First though, I decided to spend some time rebuilding the pose from scratch. I've also been getting better at using the Sculpt tool in Blender and wanted to have another go at a better hairstyle. Here she is in Blender.

Getting the hands and feet to sit absolutely flat on the floor really helps to keep the print stable.
Good adhesion to the print bed is vital when printing tall sloping limbs without support. Here you can see the point just before the arm connects to the shoulder - perfectly level and no warping thanks to a cooling fan.

The final print came out even better than I had hoped for. My recent upgrades to the nozzle and belts seem to be giving me very nice smooth prints now. And of course, being PLA, acetone vapour baths are not an option - this glossy finish is straight off the printer.


  1. You have a talent for positioning your models for the best print. kudos. What was the layer height and nozzle size?
    Well done. Excellent job.

    1. Hi Donny
      Thanks for your kind words, much appreciated.
      I currently use a 0.4 mm nozzle size and print at 0.15 mm layer height, 0.46 mm line width, at 30 mm/s - no point trying rush things!