So 3D printing is slowly transforming the way puzzles are being distributed. It started all the way back with 3D printing 'masters' and then casting pieces in resin. The shapeways era came after that and with the continuous advancements of desktop 3D printers I seriously think I may be out of a job one day!
I've only just started dabbling in printing myself but I see the potential in the puzzle industry and I want to see more designers working with the constraints of the lower end printers.
Huge thanks to troy for sending this my way! I wasn't able to find stickers but hopefully if enough interest is shown they may be made available somewhere in future.
If you want to print out any of these puzzles for yourself you can get the files here: https://www.thingiverse.com/rcpongo/designs
The designs are free but if you can spare a couple dollars I'm sure Troy would appreciate it!
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Printing without support material is almost proportional to the quality of the printer. On an ultimaker, you can make some pretty scary prints. I've done 63 degrees overhang with high infill.
Printing with support is alright most of the time. If you really want to minimize cleanup, it is best to print pieces on the side to reduce the amount of the mechanism that needs cleanup. However you do it, it is best to take the time to sand and clean the print.
I think doing the CAD is a much quicker way of modding, and mistakes can be fixed easily. Plus, lots of fun. If you can get your hands on solidworks and a printer (though just cad helps still), you can proof modifications to make sure it is possible. The cad for a qiyi looks pretty easy, maybe a 40 minute job. You could then use it for lots of mods.
NathanWilson my mom was in the art show industry until the economy crashed (in like 2006) and most people enjoy the work but don't actually want to buy it even if it's a very little thing.
I've been to IKEA and I was very surprised how many people were buying prints.
I'll agree with preferring the real thing but some people just want it and don't care who made it. Last year when you took down your etsy shop I was disappointed because I was planning on buying a 3x5x5 from you because it would've supported your work and given me a hand made puzzle.
So yeah if your still down to making one😉
That's indeed a great puzzle. I myself design FDM-puzzles and can only recommend it. You do have to sand a lot (sometimes 5 or more hours of clean up) if you want to get crazy shapes. However, that time is worth it if you remember that it is a cheap way of getting puzzles once you bought the printer. You can learn a lot about puzzles this way and it is fun to build and invent new ones. That way, FDM-puzzles have left a bit of the modding feeling that I liked. With SLS-prints you really just do the design and the assembly and don't get your hands dirty. With FDM you print yourself a bunch of moddeling pieces which you then can take in order to really built a puzzle for hours!
I've been working on a project for 4 months and have failed in it 4 times due to unknown mistake I want help any one or even Nathan is di you have an idea
MY project is to convert a megaminx into flat hexaminx
Pls help is a request
Thanks for the video. I'm glad to get any exposure on these I can. Ideally I'd love to see a puzzle mass produced so everyone can get one, but this has been my best way of putting them out there so far.
To add a few things,... I cut my own stickers. I have a cutter like you would find in a sign shop, so it's nice to be able to do it all right here.
The puzzles turn quite poorly straight off the printer, but a few hours of filing and sanding can turn them into a pretty nice puzzle.
I do have a way for people to purchase my puzzles for those of you without a printer, and that is through Chewies custom stickers. He does a great job with them, and it is one more way I have to get these out there. Otherwise, I'm open to trades with people I meet at competitions, but that is a bit limited to my local area.
Thanks again Nathan!
That's impossible, unless you only mean parts of a 3d printer, it is impossible to fully 3d print a 3d printer, since 3d printers need motots, heat nozzles, bearings in most cases and and some other things
I'm throwing my full support behind Lulzbot printers. My own printer is a Lulzbot mini and it is awesome! There are cheaper printers out there for sure, but this has worked perfect for me since day one with almost no issues. Also certain features like the PEI heated bed are amazing. No tape/glue/hairspray to hold prints down,... just print and done.
Sorry to sound like an ad here, I'm just really happy with mine and wanted to share.
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