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 Post subject: Polishing results for Will's Copter 3x3x3
PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:56 pm 
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Hey all, some time ago I ordered Will's Copter 3x3x3 and now I finally have it polished and assembled to present.

Most of the pieces are from the first print but a few had to be replaced due to mistakes on my part. The orientation of the parts in the first print caused the surfaces to be much more grainy. The replacement parts are much nicer. Even with the tumbling I couldn't get the grainy surfaces perfectly smooth. Not all Shapeways prints are created equal. The edge of the pieces came out great but with the grain of the surface showing through the stickers the tumbling job is really just so-so.

Due to the small stickers I had to use a hair dryer to really heat the stickers to get them to stick well. Because of this the grain texture shows through the stickers. This is a case where I probably should have used glue.

I made a VIDEO of the puzzle.

And here are some photos. I do think that the stickers feel more smooth than they look. Reflected light really tends to magnify texture:
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I am in the process of making a video on how I've been tumbling so expect that soonish :D

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 Post subject: Re: Polishing results for Will's Copter 3x3x3
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:06 am 
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Very nice (as always).

I am curious: For the external faces can't you just do a very short amount of sanding to smooth them? Tumbling clearly is the best option for internal faces but especially for planar external faces I imagine you could get smoother stickering with a very small amount of work?

I haven't really tried to sand any WSF puzzles myself so I don't know what is possible, but if tumbling makes them smoother I might guess it would work.

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