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 Post subject: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:34 pm 
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The other day I was walking around my college campus and I noticed a flyer that said there was a 3D printer available in the SDSU Zahn Center to participating students. I went in to ask how to use the printer, and the center manager said nobody was using it, so print whatever I want for free! The printer is a Makerbot Replicator 2 and it prints in PLA filament up to a resolution of 0.1 mm layer height. I decided to attempt to print a Tutt's Icosaminx using 0.2 mm resolution and here are the results:

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I decided to leave the textured lines the printer makes, to show off that this puzzle was indeed 3D printed, and I stickered the puzzle with smooth cubesmith tile material. The puzzle turns very smoothly even with the texture. you can see the texture here:

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There were some bumps along the road though here are some examples of pieces that did not work due to random print errors:
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This Piece is missing the top:

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I did have to do some sanding to the center pieces as well because they printed oval rather than circular which is a reoccurring problem with the Makerbot Replicator 2, you can see this in the next picture:

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Overall I am very pleased with the puzzle, It took about 20 hours to print and 6 hours of additional sanding, but it looks and turns great!

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 Post subject: Re: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 5:45 pm 
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Wow.. well nothing can beat free printing now can it! :D Well done and great to hear it turns so well. Can you make a video? I am curious alright. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:03 pm 
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VIDEO!

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 Post subject: Re: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
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Fantastic - beautiful puzzle and free 3D-printer!


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 Post subject: Re: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:07 am 
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Wow.. that thing turns like a dream! Good going there :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:12 am 
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That's awesome, a fantastic puzzle like that 3D printed for free, and it turned out great. I'm not jealous one little bit. nope. nuh-uh. ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:25 am 
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Nice puzzle, I like twisties based on the icosahedron. Did you design this yourself from scratch?

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 Post subject: Re: Tutt's Icosaminx made with Makerbot
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:14 pm 
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Gus wrote:
Nice puzzle, I like twisties based on the icosahedron. Did you design this yourself from scratch?


I asked Olz to design this for me about 5 years ago.

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