by VeryWetPaint, published
1. The parts have no overhangs.
2. The flat 'bottom' is completely concealed after assembly; there are no flat spots on the exterior of the sphere.
3. Exterior is made entirely of 'sidewalls' where the resolution of FDM really shines.
My test samples were built in transparent PVC on a Solido SD300 Pro, but my goal was to design a Makerbot-friendly shape. Based on feedback from friends, I've adjusted the contours so the pieces 'grab' onto each other after assembly.
More pictures and discussion at my SD300 blog entry at mysd300.blogspot.com/2010/05/novel-decompositions-of-sphere.html
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Thanks for a really neat print, keep it up!
They print really nice and quick, I wanted something to show at my work and downloaded this, printed and had it assembled within 45 min. Printed it at 0,2 mm layers, 3 shells. (4 bottom ones) @ 80mm/s. No cleanup required! Makes for a really nice proof of concept piece. If I were to change anything I might try rotating it 45 degrees on the bed before printing to see if I could get the pesky seam to be inside the ball when it is assembled, it would really add to the finish in my case.
Printing this on the MakerBot with a raft results in each piece being one layer thicker than desired. The linear stripes of the leftover raft bits make base-adjacent pieces mesh together more solidly, and each pair being slightly thicker than designed makes the model stay assembled much more strongly than the minimal friction offered by an ideal print. I have to throw the ball at the wall exceptionally hard to make it break into pieces. I love this model!
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Note: the parts fit together with their build planes at right angles, so it'll doubtless be affected by any geometric distortions.
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