Thanksgiving has come and passed but that doesn't mean the delicious smells has to pass!
It's the perfect time of the year, where the lights start to go up for Christmas, the Christmas music starts playing everywhere and the scented candles start to come out. You may have woken up to that Thanksgiving feast coming from the kitchen but it doesn't mean that the smell has to be over so soon. Scented candles are out in the stores in mass quantities and it's the perfect time to go get one so you can get to 3D printing a case for it!
Throw away and get rid of those boring candles with those boring cases and upgrade this season to the new thing that is 3D printing. These 3D printed candle cases are the best for adding a certain kind of style to your home decor and can reflect your personality in any part of the house.
Custom Candle Cases!
Candle making is an art form in itself and so is creating the candle case if done correctly it will bring out the perfect smell. The tradition route is to sometimes not use a candle case at all and keep the candle bare but with 3D designers and makers all around us candle cases are starting to change the way we view them.
It seems as though the tradition route might be changing with the recent spread of 3D printing of the last few years. Candle cases can be be fully customizable to fit your desires, needs and wants to go with your candle making skills. Some fun, custom and creative things have been made for candle cases using PLA filament to ABS filament to even metal pieces.
We even saw ceramics have started being used for candle cases in some ways. We saw a sketch the other day of a small store bought candle inside a ceramic looking kettle with a ceramic lid off to the side and the tag for the idea was homemade apple pie. Can you see that and see how the candle case brings out the smell and makes it ten times more realistic?
3D Printing The Candle Cases
PLA and ABS filaments are perfectly fine for creating your perfect candle cases with your newly 3D modeling and 3D printing skills but remember there are other ways to 3D print or create a candle case like your local store with homemade candle making kits and companies like Shapeways or iMaterialise.
Shapeways has a Strong & Flexible Plastic made with nylon powder which is perfect for those intricate candle cases that a regular 3D printer can't 3D print. The thing with strong & flexible plastics are that they are heatproof to 80℃ / 176℉ degrees but higher temperatures may significantly change material properties. Just as a tip when buy from online stores to always check the temperature of the material so that you would know if it would damage or destroy your case and if so you can change the 3D model to prevent that from happening.
Fire is a huge problem when it comes to 3D printing, it can damage and even destroy the product. While PLA's printing temperature is around 70°C / 160°F and ABS's 3D printing temperature is set for 230°C / 446°F it's no doubt that a close flame from the candle will definitely damage or destroy the candle case. So when you are creating your 3D model of your candle case just be sure to remember to put enough distance in between the wick and beginning of the case.
We have found out that as long as there is more than an inch from the wick to the candle case then the heat from the candle would be low enough so that the heat would not alter the candle case due to the fact that heat distributes evenly but we suggest to go further than an inch to make sure no harm will come to the 3D printed candle cases.
For those who are into candle making and want to skip a step and try things a different way, Shapeways offers casting wax which has a melting point of 80°C or 176°F so in theory the wax models should hold up to pouring the candle wax into the two halves to make the whole candle.
Now we have thought about just 3D printing the negative of the 3D model at a high detailed rate for pouring the wax into but we have found out that the 3D printed lines per level would still show up on the finished candle.
There is sanding, which can fix that problem which can be hindered in some corners and then there's always polishing add-ons like bondo, putty or polishing primer but they can cause the candle to stick more to the edging then it needs to and cause more problems. Just feel free to try them out and experiment with them and tell us what you think.