3D Printing Useful Astronomy Things…

I picked up a Ender 3 S1 Pro 3D Printer to tinker with. Just wanted to learn a bit more about 3D printing and see if I could make some useful stuff. Since I received the printer a few days ago it has been printing pretty much non-stop. I started out printing a small bunny rabbit trinket but quickly moved on to printing more useful stuff. There are a ton of interesting and useful (and free) ready to print projects on Thingiverse. In this post I’ll show off a few of astronomy projects I have printed on the Ender 3 S1 Pro 3D Printer and a few others I plan on printing in the near future.

I am brand new to 3D printing so I have not done very much tinkering with settings and such. I take the files downloaded from Thingiverse and slice them in the Creality Slicer. The settings in the slicer for most of these prints have been Standard Quality (0.2mm), Infill: 20%, Supports: Off, Adhesion: Off. I am printing with black PLA filament and the nozzle temperature is set to 200 C and the bed temperature is set to 60 C. I have not ventured any deeper into the Custom settings yet. The first few prints I printed from the touch display on the Ender 3 S1 Pro but I have set up OctoPrint on a Raspberry Pi (OctoPi) which now allows me to print, and monitor prints, remotely.

OK so now, check out the cool astronomy stuff I have printed:

SVBONY 102ED Bahtinov Mask – https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5449253
This print is a Bahtinov Mask for the SVBONy SV503 102ED telescope. It fits snug on the telescope shield to assist with focusing.

The print took about 4 hours.
3D printing the focus mask for the SV503 102ED

This was actually the 2nd thing I printed and it came out pretty nice. Should help with focusing.
3D Printed Focus Mask
After this print I printed a cool cat for the wife.

ZWO Filter Drawer Holder – https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4899792
This is a nice holder for ZWO Filter Drawers. There are designs to hold one, two, and four ZWO Filter Drawers.

It took about 4 hours to print and came out pretty nice. There is a little bit of weirdness on the bottom since it prints with 4 small feet instead of printing the first layer directly on the bed. It function just fine, but I plan to edit it and fix the feet for the next print.
3D Printing the ZWO Filter Drawer Holder
This was the first print I ran remotely using OctoPrint running on a Raspberry Pi 4.

The filter drawer fits nice in the holder. There is a dimple at the top of the holder to keep the filter drawer secure.
3D Printed ZWO Filter Drawer Holder

ZWO 2″ Filter Drawer Cover – https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4755987
This filter drawer cover is basically a blank to cover the hole in the ZWO Filter Drawer if you do not want a filter in the image train. Without this you have to have an empty ZWO Filter Drawer, which is kind of a waste.
3D Printing the ZWO Filter Drawer Cover
I also used OctoPrint to print and monitor this.

Took about 2.5/3 hours to print the filter drawer cover. It fits very secure in the ZWO Filter Drawer. There does not appear to be any light leaking around, it should work nicely.
3D Printed ZWO Filter Drawer Cover

I have been having a blast with the Ender 3 S1 Pro 3D Printer. The printer took about 15 minutes to assemble, a few minutes to level the bed, and then it was off to printing. The Ender 3 S1 Pro 3D Printer has been printing pretty close to non-stop for the past few days. Right now I am printing some bridge supports for my grandson’s wooden train tracks.

Here are a few more astronomy related 3D printer projects I am planning to print over the next few days:

Solar Finders

Light Box for Flats

Diffraction Spike Mask

EQ6R Pro Feet

Tripod Power Brick Mount

Looking forward to printing more useful (and some not so useful) things… and learning more about the settings and processes. I have added a new Category, 3D Printed, to the SuffolkSky so stay tuned for more…

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