About 3 months ago Hitesh Kalra didn’t even have an Ultimaker, now he’s creating great prints like the Eiffel tower as you can see in the picture. Hitesh does like a challenge, â€śFor me the main reason to build the eiffel tower was that folks said it is something that a FDM printer cannot possible build – so took up the challenge.. and it turned out goodâ€ť.Â
As a chief architect for Symentec’s SSL Infrastructure Hitesh got curious about the new rising reprap technology: â€śI was really curious to find out how complex prints I could buildâ€ť Upon further research he discovered the Ultimaker. Apart from it’s specs and ability to print fast he fell for it’s cubed beauty and it’s portability. It took Hitesh about a week to build his Ultimaker as he could only build in the evenings â€śafter my 2 year old son went to bedâ€ť.
Now Hitesh visits reprap meetups every week where people come together with all sorts of 3D-printers. â€śThe Ultimaker community (and reprap community in general) is awesome”. This also what led to me reaching out to Hitesh to write this little article. Hitesh is a great spokesman for the Ultimaker community: â€śI even showcased the Ultimaker in in theÂ bayarea reprap booth during MakerFaire last month here in San Mateo”.
His prints take a little effort and some patience, but the results are worth it, as Hitesh says himself:Â â€śCrazy number of people showed up and were impressed with the quality of the prints….â€ť. The printing of the tower was â€śa hard printâ€ť and it took Hitesh a couple of tries, and he had to print the Eiffel tower in two parts, but he got it done. A total of 20 hours were needed to complete the print.
We understand if now you’d want to print this yourself and therefore asked the buildlink and used settings: Hitesh used Cura to slice the model. Settings: .2mm layer height, retraction enabled (2.1mm, 70mm/s), print speed 80mm/s, travel speed 150mm/s. You can find the Eiffel tower hereÂ on thingiverse.
Last but not least, a few bigger pictures:
The Eiffel Tower without cleanup.
Hitesh considered the Leaning Tower of Pisa a decent print as well. He used Cura to slice it and printed in glow-in-dark PLA.
The Eiffel Tower outside, without clean up.
Thanks Hitesh and best wishes,