3D Printed Halloween Lantern Style Candle Holder

We managed to get in another Halloween 3D print project with our orange filament. After our Pumpkin Candy Dispensers had some issues with stringing, my husband printed a temperature test on that filament. It suggested that a slightly hotter temp might work a bit better, so for this week's print, we set our filament temperature up to 210 degrees instead of 200.

We decided to try out the Stacked Pumpkin Lantern. It looked like it would be a fairly simple print--a good way to test the orange out at another temperature. The first layers looked perfect.

They got a bit rough a few layers in, but nothing was catching, so we let it keep printing.

By the time it was finishing up, the print was smooth and looking great!  The designer suggested printing it with a raft (a thin layer underneath the print), but we were worried that would be a pain to remove, so we tried it without. It was a bit hard to remove from the print bed, but as long as we let it cool for a while before trying to remove, it worked perfectly without the raft (but your mileage may vary). We repeated the panel print 5 times because one of our panels warped a bit. We think that it may have been pulled off the printer bed before it was completely cool.

After we printed all of our panels, we switched to some black filament and printed the base.

Once all the parts were printed, I grabbed an led votive candle and put the lantern/candle holder together.

Sadly, it didn't come together quite as nicely as I hoped. The flat panels bowed out from the bottom and didn't stay together. I'll either need to glue them in place or print another base to use as a lid. I'll try to update this post once I get it figured out! Aside from the construction issues, though, it was a fun and easy print! And it seems like a slightly hotter temp is all that the orange filament needed to behave.


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