Evolving Net Cups

Hydroponic Bonsai Ikea Nypon Pot Lid, Version 3
Original Hydroponic Lid and Net Cup Design
Original Hydroponic Lid and Net Cup Design

After days of trying to get my net cup design to work in Fusion 360, I gave up. I just could not figure out how to get the software to create the design; not surprised as I am a relative beginner with this software.

So after taking a break and brainstorming with my husband, we came up with a simpler new design:

Second Hydroponic Lid and Net Cup Design for Ikea Nypon Pots
Second Hydroponic Lid and Net Cup Design for Ikea Nypon Pots

As you can see in the photo above, I was able to actually model this one.

The main change you will notice is the new watering hole; it’s drastically smaller. The old design had a sloped and large hole, to aid watering direct from a can or pail. Depending upon the shape of the tree the watering can would require a long and thin spout, to fit under any branches as well as to provide controlled-slow flow of water. The larger hole took up quite a significant amount of space, especially if you printed the lid for a 12cm Ikea Nypon pot (I plan to use the 15cm version).

The new design however can be watered from any bottle or watering can, as it’s designed to be used with a sloped funnel. Yeah I got to make that now too…

I still have a water float, just like the first design. I expect this to undergo some testing when the 3D printer finally arrives – how well does it float, at what point on the stick can I mark water level lines?

I then came across the Tie Pot, and it bought about a second design for my hydroponic pot lid. I can’t use bonsai wire to save my life – more specifically, every time I do use it I tend to break off branches or kill my trees. However I have found that I can tie branches and encourage directional growth fine that way. Biggest issue with the tie technique is you don’t have anywhere to anchor the wire… and the Tie Pot design provides a perfect solution!

Hydroponic Bonsai Ikea Nypon Pot Lid, Version 3
Hydroponic Bonsai Ikea Nypon Pot Lid, Version 3

I added ties to my design. It totally makes me think of a ship wheel, or a steampunk design.

I think it’s going to look really slick with the filament I have ordered to print my pot lids with – Prusament Mystic Brown.

Prusament Mystic Brown
Prusament Mystic Brown Example

I can just imagine the pot now printed. Lightly dry brush some gold paint along the raised edges to give extra effect… I’m excited.

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