Plant pot with Watering Cloud

Posted: Feb 22, 2015

While searching around for a spare plant pot to pot a small cactus, I thought it would be great to 3D print one out. The shape of a plant pot isn't too difficult to recreate in a CAD program, but I wanted something that looked different and was fun to water the cactus!

The idea is to have a reasonable-sized pot; the cactus isn't very big, but maybe something larger will end up in it later on. To make it look a bit more interesting than a regular plant pot, we're going to create a plastic "Cloud" which can be filled up with water, and, via some sort of support structure, suspend it above the plant pot.

First off, the plant pot. The inner dimensions for this are a 48-mm radius for the lower part, increasing to 53-mm towards the top. There is plenty of room for our cacti to grow! There are several small holes in the bottom for the excess water to drain out.

The design of our plant pot

Next up, the cloud. This will sit about 250mm above the pot and be held there by a supporting piece of plastic that is coming up! The cloud has a large containing area for the water to be added and lots of small holes in the bottom for the water to be slowly dispensed.

The Cloud design

As mentioned earlier, the cloud will be suspended above the plant pot and held there by a supporting piece of plastic. As we want the cloud to be quite high above the pot, the support structure needs to be strong and not flex too much, especially when the cloud is full of water!

When printing this section, we shall increase the fill to 20% and the number of shells to 5. Together, these two changes to the print options will result in a strong print that will not flex. We will be doing a post soon to explain the various options you get when printing on a 3D printer, like the MakerBot.

The Cloud Support Structure Design

As always, the colour of the prints can be anything you like. I chose Green for the pot, White for the Cloud and Greyish for the support. Here is the finished article, with the cactus in it's new home:

The Pot with the Cactus in
The Cloud

And finally the completed pot with cloud:

The Completed Item. Pot and Cloud!

If you want to print your own plant pot with an optional cloud, here are the files. Enjoy!

File Download

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Plant Pot and Cloud: (3.33mb)

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RayOct 04, 2015 17:16

Found this from the C5 forum and want to print it for my granddaughter. All OK except the support is too long for my Wanhao 4x. If I use the option 'scale to fit' it reduces distance between the inserts etc. When I import your stl file into Solidworks I don't seem to be able to shorten it by a cm or so. Is the file protected to prevent me editing it please?

DanOct 05, 2015 06:48

Hi Ray,

The STL files provided can be edited in most polygon based modelling programs, such as Blender. I've just added the original 123D design CAD file so you can edit it with that too.

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