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3D Printing Your Own Hanging Bird Feeders: A Fun and Easy DIY Project

If you love spending time in your backyard, you probably enjoy watching the birds that come to visit. But if you're tired of constantly refilling your bird feeders, or you're looking for a new project to try, why not 3D print your own hanging bird feeders? I decided to model and print one, I have the free file linked.

With a few simple tools and materials, you can create your own custom bird feeders that are both functional and stylish. Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • A 3D printer: We used the Creality Ender 3 Pro, but any 3D printer should work.

  • Filament: We used Polymaker PolyLite PLA, but any PLA filament should work.

  • A 3D model: We've made our model available for free on Cults3D, or you can create your own using 3D modeling software.

  • Zip ties and super glue: These will help you align the halves of the bird feeder and hold them in place while they set.

Once you have all your materials, it's time to start printing. We recommend using a .28 layer thickness, 2 walls and 15% infill for the best results. We also printed our bird feeders in place, with no supports needed. The offset circle design keeps the feeder from taking on rain, but we recommend drilling a hole in the bottom just in case.

Once your bird feeder is printed, it's time to assemble it. We added alignment holes to our design to make it easier to put the halves together. You can use zip ties and super glue to align the halves and cleanly clamp them in place while it sets. Trim the zip ties and leave them in place to ensure a strong hold.

Finally, hang your bird feeder in a spot where you can enjoy watching the birds come to feed. You can use any type of birdseed you like, but we recommend using a mix of sunflower seeds, millet, and cracked corn to attract a variety of bird species.

With your new 3D printed bird feeder, you'll be able to enjoy watching the birds in your backyard without having to constantly refill your feeder. And, best of all, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you created it yourself using 3D printing technology. Happy birdwatching!


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