Countdown Block Calendar

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Countdown Block Calendar

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10 plates
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Description

This festive block countdown calendar counts down the days until Christmas. One complete model (base and blocks) takes approximately 5.5 hours to print.

  • Customize:
    • use Make My Sign to customize the panels.
    • three bases to choose from (plain, snowflake, and trees)
    • three block styles to choose from (classic, candy cane, and snowflake)
  • Tealight: light it up with an LED tealight
  • Assembly:
    • Friction fit
    • no glue required
    • Blocks and frame fold together

PLEASE carefully read the following information for print settings, tips, and assembly.

Tips for Success

  • Plate: Use a textured build plate if at all possible. The finish it gives this little block calendar is amazing.
  • Keep it clean: Make sure your plate is clean. Skin oils can cause prints not to stick and then you'll be sad :(
  • Be patient: resist the urge to pull off the items from the build plate until they've had a chance to cool. The panels especially can be damaged if you try to press fit them into the frames while still warm. Ask me how I know.
  • Printer Settings: I highly recommend using the print settings contained in the files. I make settings changes to ensure quality, fit and repeatability. Read below if you're curious as to the reasoning behind each setting.
  • Blocks: There are two in each set. They look similar but are slightly different. Be sure you print both an A block and a B block.

Instructions

Print the Parts

Each print profile contains all files necessary for printing as well as instructions on the first plate if you get lost. If you wish to make your own panels, see below for more information.

 

After printing, you should have the following pieces:

  • 1 frame
  • 1 top and bottom set
  • 1 Block A
  • 1 Block B
  • 1 centre panel
  • 2 side panels

Assembly

Blocks fold up and snap into place. It shouldn't take much force; they should lock into place firmly.

Panels snap fit into the frame. Press down on the corners and you should hear snapping noises when they've been fully seated. The frames can also be easily popped out again if you want to swap them out. Note there's a top and bottom to the frame. The top is marked and has no middle tab.

 

Fold the frame sides inwards then insert the tabs into the top and bottom pieces.

 

Make My Sign Instructions

Customize your calendar using Make My Sign.

  • Start with a blank sign set to rectangular.
  • Corner radius: 0
  • Centre Panel dimensions: 39mm x 84mm
  • Side Panel dimensions: 39mm x 39mm
  • Border weight: none
  • Thickness: Base Plate 1mm; everything else 0.6mm

Important: when you begin designing your sign, keep within the usable working area otherwise the sign won't fit into the frame.

 

Painting Your Sign in Studio (AMS)

  1. Open the .3mf for your sign
  2. Select the sign and click the Paint Bucket.
  3. Select the Height Range button and use your mouse to paint the raised letters.

Painting Your Sign in Studio (no AMS)

You can still have a multi-colour sign by using the Add Pause feature for Non-AMS owners.

  1. Open the .3mf for your sign
  2. Slice plate.
  3. On the Preview Tab, use the layer slider on the right hand side to scroll down to where the letters start. If you use the recommended layer height of 0.2mm, then it will be layer 6.
  4. Right-click the Plus sign and choose Add Pause.
  5. Re-slice the plate and print the file.
  6. The printer will pause at the start of layer 6 (or whatever other layer you chose) to allow you to change filament.

Print Settings

Global

  • Layer height: 0.2mm (please do not change; the pieces depend upon layer height to ensure fit and colour quality)
  • Only One Wall on First Layer: On (prevented some weirdness happening due to the complexity of the first layer)
  • Detect Thin Walls: On (necessary to capture all the details of the models)
  • Sparse Infill Pattern: 15% Gyroid (gyroid is my preferred infill; change if you'd like to)
  • First Layer Speed: 15 mm/s (This is only necessary for the frame and blocks; unfortunately Studio doesn't allow me to change first layer speed for individual models. However, it doesn't add much time to the other models so I made it a global change.)

Frame - A1 Mini Only

  • Infill Direction: 0 (The default of 45 resulted in poor strength along the folds. Normally this isn't a problem but because the frame needed to be rotated 45 degrees to fit on the A1 mini's plate, the infill direction needed to compensate to match.)

Base (Top and Bottom)

  • Outer wall speed: 30 mm/s (The base pieces have a sharp overhang at the top; a slower outer wall speed helps this. If you're an advanced user, I recommend upping it to 50 mm/s and then turn on adaptive layers for the base for the best quality)

Blocks

  • Elephant foot compensation: 0 (will help the details stick better and gap fill)
  • Initial layer flow: 1.1 (same reason as above)

About the Model

I've barely eaten or slept since the idea for this popped into my brain. I combined an old proof-of-concept lantern idea I had with a block calendar idea. The result is something I'm happy to have finished. It wasn't quite what I imagined, but it's probably better for it because I tend to overcomplicate things. As it is, I barely kept the complication to a minimum by juggling all the different customization options!

Filament used in display models:

Models were printed with an X1C and an A1 Mini in the following colours:

  • Red Silk PLA (Hello3D)
  • Jade Green Silk PLA (CC3D)
  • Glorious Gold Silk PLA (Spectrum)
  • White Silk PLA (Hello3D)
  • Basic Black PLA (Bambu Labs)
  • Basic White PLA (Bambu Labs)

How to Support Me

If you like what I make, I would love it if you would please click the like button and/or download a print profile. If you really like what I make, then please consider buying me a coffee. Thank you so much!

Licensing

These models are non-commercial and may not be sold, reproduced, or shared outside of this website. However, I will consider an individual license fee if you wish to sell printed models in your local area such as at a craft show. Please contact me for details.

Changelog

January 9, 2024

  • Updated description to align with MakerWord TOC

December 23, 2023

  • Added Make My Sign instructions

December 8, 2023

  • Updated images
  • Typo fixes
  • Added layer height to Print Settings

 

December 5, 2023

  • Updated images
  • Typo fixes

 

December 2, 2023

  • Initial upload

 

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Turned out really well. I love the attention to detail.
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Thank you so much for rating and posting your make! The colours look great :) Edit: I just noticed that the top is the wrong way around. It's meant to have the dip at the front so the numbers aren't obscured. However, if you like it the way it is, that's fine, too!
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Replying to @berri3D :
I actually noticed right after I posted this LOL
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wow! great print!
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Thank you so much! FYI, the dip in the lid should be at the front so the numbers aren't cut-off. But if you like it that way, then that's okay, too!
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very detailed, came out awesome
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Great make! I'm glad it worked out for you. Thank you so much for posting a photo; I love seeing them!
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Most impressive! Very detailed, yet a very quick print overall! Thanks for this!!
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Thank you so much! The candy cane blocks looks very nice. They were my favourite to design. I'm glad it worked well for you and hope your Christmas is a merry one. PS The top is meant to have the dip at the front so the numbers aren't obscured. However, if you like it the way it is, that's fine, too!
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Very well done project. Clear instructions, easy to print and put together.
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Thank you for rating and sharing the picture of your make! That's a nice blue you've chosen. It looks great!
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This is a really clever one! Well done again!
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Thank you! It always means a lot to me when you comment 😊 And in case my last message didn't come through, congrats on placing in the fidget contest!
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Replying to @berri3D :
Thanks! The messaging system seems wonky so I must have missed it, hopefully we both do well in the coming contests!
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amazing print. very well designed.
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Thank you very much! I appreciate the rating and the kind comments :)
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My daughter loves this. clear instructions, printed great.
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Wonderful! I'm so glad to hear it. Thank you for rating and letting me know how it turned out 😊
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Very nice design. Only issue for me was maybe needed one more layer of white before switching to the green infill. The white I used is glossy not matte and has a bit of greenish bleeding through it. Still looks great though.
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Thank you for your kind comment! Regretfully, I cannot control how many layers of white that Bambu Studio assigns when it slices. It's something I hope they address in future slicers. Thanks again!
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nice print!
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Thank you for printing and for rating!
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