Make your windows stick out with this decorative 3D printing project! In this post, we'll teach you how to make window clings with a 3D printer!
Recently, Barbara from 3DPrintNY.com has been showcasing her flexible 3D printed window decorations on her Instagram and Twitter feeds. These objects easily cling to glass and are printed with NinjaFlex® by NinjaTek on a LulzBot Mini equipped with the LulzBot Mini Flexystruder Tool Head. This is a great technique for creating custom commercial window displays or as a project to introduce kids to the possibilities of 3D printing with flexible materials.
Once printed, peel it off the print surface and wash the bottom to remove any PVA-based glue stick residue. A clean window will provide the best adhesion. Wet your window cling with water and place on the window in the desired location. That's it!
- Treat your design like a stencil-- make sure that every object within the design touches the rest of the model so the final object prints in one intact piece.
- Alternatively, anything not touching the rest of the model will still be printed, but can be moved around and selectively placed when sticking to the window or glass.
- Design your window cling with a thickness of 1 - 2 mm for quick print times and ideal window adhesion.
- Advanced users can activate the Pause At Z plugin in Cura LulzBot Edition. More information can be found in the LulzBot TAZ or LulzBot Mini User Manual.
Check out Barbara's Thingiverse collection of window clings for ready-to-print clings perfectly sized for the LulzBot Mini. Download the Octopus Window Cling model from here: Octopus_window_cling.stl.