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Designing a 3D printable "tentacle" vase with SelfCad
Hello hello, fellow steemians.

Today, I'm bringing you a design tutorial using the popular [SelfCAD](https://www.selfcad.com/) online 3D design tool.

![TwirlingCupVaseAnimated.gif](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbitLL4yx6CDFeDbYZdsxrHBfhPRgS7ndE6rQyyFmPxEm/TwirlingCupVaseAnimated.gif)

<center>GIF courtesy of Selfcad's new Animation tool</center>

# The idea

After walking around Andorra La Vella yesterday, I came upon a realtively well hidden building courtyard that had several sculptures in it:

![2019-11-21 13.19.10.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmVGmeUn6n4nJV8hZEtbuhjA5bkWKTc1Uhu6Gct1XrpyhK/2019-11-21%2013.19.10.jpg)

![2019-11-21 13.20.10.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmdsmnU1rQ7JjAest5r4XAYW7Lc7xD34UrzbVadrWnq2ei/2019-11-21%2013.20.10.jpg)

These sculptures reminded me that there was currently [a competition](https://www.myminifactory.com/competition/selfcad-186) going on over on [MyMiniFactory](https://www.myminifactory.com), organized by SelfCAD.

Given the competition has 3 themes (Character, Architectural/interior or an Engineering design) for objects designed using the [SelfCAD](https://www.selfcad.com/) tool, I decided to start out with an Interior design.


# Starter shape

To start the design, I looked at the available shape generators:

![firefox_VU4KHSwslC.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZ9Y2kFqaBpZ5MJUtR9cGDswwS7tEbvt74XhcdxJBjwCv/firefox_VU4KHSwslC.png)


I was hesitating a bit betwen the Custom Shape Generator, and trying to use the "Spiral" generator to make something interesting.

After playing a bit with the Shape Generator

![firefox_WaGNqkMgZd.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmcFTNWmdxLteEajkxgj3KoqEYYZC6yuxX7JKJm89EfVdh/firefox_WaGNqkMgZd.png)

![firefox_j0A24lVkp0.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmXCMS7wThUGy5nodVGFpLUYor8QYFXuJRgSqhE3GNMwWk/firefox_j0A24lVkp0.png)

I realized this really didn't have the *oomph* I was looking for...

So, I returned to the **Spiral generator**:

![firefox_tDUM5H1lbq.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmaSU7f2ERv4FiwC3RUr8WDxAkrZkYNY7CemrFkpAd9GPa/firefox_tDUM5H1lbq.png)

After tweaking the overall appearance of the spiral, I already had a vision for what I wanted to do with it !

So, I went off to use one of the coolest tools [selfCAD](https://www.selfcad.com/) has, the **Copy Offset** tool !

This tool has options for creating a number of copies, differentiating them from the original by moving, rotating, pivoting, scaling... the copies in relation to the original. *lots* of possibilities in there.

![QY0xTUDHcQ.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmcJ4RKTSsfA11TM9fpjjwL1ed4Zp95ZTv5L7G1Mj9abjb/QY0xTUDHcQ.png)

I kept it pretty simple, using the Pivot tool to create several copies

![firefox_by6NMcXQpt.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmQGZPXepSQC9dVYbw4zCk6oVrxY4zkzi72uyeG2HW6iGk/firefox_by6NMcXQpt.png)

After adjusting the copy number so that the majority of the future model would be watertight, I used the **Stitch and Scoop** tool to fuse together the copies into a single solid model:

![firefox_8mlFks1Erh.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbP7SPtDU9GMLfduqQcUisjhQ52qTQ2GcSeXVSeashcbv/firefox_8mlFks1Erh.png)

After that, I played with some experimental versions...

![firefox_Yshd6OubUU.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZna26KGnh8toyrYFnyKb6TwcNq6ywrm2Whq79dsjaCpE/firefox_Yshd6OubUU.png)

![firefox_y6tM9MaWCY.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmeHX7WPVSB71xG5gST3LXxZtDB7NKo7d1HvnyvL3V3JTQ/firefox_y6tM9MaWCY.png)


![firefox_vCb5DQRChS.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmSup1SKbCsB3j5oH3n4uGVmXKjY4sSST2m5F5iW8atj3j/firefox_vCb5DQRChS.png)


But I ultimately ended up deciding on cutting off the bottom ends, filling it up with a cylinder, then creating two separate versions:

![firefox_HDU6uHIoeE.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbcFNinoEQSZTkt1hGCJvxcxZfKGkaDF3dQAGs3x5T4rN/firefox_HDU6uHIoeE.png)

![firefox_UtK7VWEMMs.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmevwWiMkYpp2LaSu9brZWYSgzQMXRxVZ5cuYudaggQDXz/firefox_UtK7VWEMMs.png)


![firefox_d65QWYxIYP.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmZvh5X2PGPAzmid39dEKbouc4cKjYoRtmYQrN7nc2iTgK/firefox_d65QWYxIYP.png)

![firefox_FwvK3wopNG.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmbVQrwbAYSXd6A9GQsNKDuuBqKVS5vTCUJKfCaujn9M5L/firefox_FwvK3wopNG.png)

Then I made the variants, by cutting the top of one of the two copies:

![firefox_otD49kFxD2.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmU4Z4khmuFAG1LQMboPMuF66mBKqag2nrySXgmoonRvnj/firefox_otD49kFxD2.png)

And voila, we've got the Swirling Cup, and Swirling Vase :

![firefox_laCCt0Y4N8.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmWR3PVX4rsrmC4P82DxpNoMncHkdAGD7sqD3ugJzPxg9p/firefox_laCCt0Y4N8.png)

![firefox_uEfDjbDCif.png](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmcrq39n1LZkZ6jWkP9HBTTpWTjhdtoFgexKJmuj41aC4V/firefox_uEfDjbDCif.png)

Here's the [model on MyMiniFactory](https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-105600)


Note: I'll update this post with printed versions as soon as I'm back home with my printer, in about a week's time (~ Friday the 29th)

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As always, all pictures in this post (except the sculptures, whose author plaques are visible in the pictures themselves) and the 3D model itself are released under [CC | Attribution | Share Alike  4.0](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)

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Pretty cool but I have to say I was hoping for more tentacles when I read the title :)  I think I was picturing something more Cthulhu-ian .  Cool to see the design process and some of the capabilities of the software though.  
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