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Cufflinks - Doctor Who Edition

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Cufflinks - Doctor Who Edition by Bioluminescence Aug 23, 2012

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Summary

Going to a Doctor Who viewing party on the 1st of September?

Well, other than bringing jelly babies and a banana, the next most important thing to remember is to be dressed for the occasion! Fret not, though, for even if you can't carry a fez, or your bowtie is in the wash, you can still close your cuffs in style with these Doctor Who themed cuff-links!

The set includes:

TARDIS cuff-links!
Dalek cuff-links!
Circular Gallifreyan cuff-links!

...and bonus blank cuff-links, for adding your own picture, painting or photo.

Instructions

If you want the whole set, print the CufflinkCollection-DoctorWho.

Otherwise, choose the cuff-links you'd like, and print carefully. No raft is required, but if you can choose your speed, I recommend no faster than 15 speed to begin with.

TARDIS cuff-links
Print, trim and super-glue.

Dalek cuff-links
Print, trim, glue dalek base to dalek upper, and then to the cuff-link bar.

Circular Gallifreyan cuff-links
Print, trim and glue.
These use a fan-made form of Circular Gallifreyan writing and you can either have a go at decyphering them yourself, or you can look at the tags for this thing, where I reveal the meaning. (Warning, the photo is of a version where I made a typo - translate the model, not the photo.)
http://timeturners.wikidot.com/circular-gallifreyan

Blank cuff-links
Print, trim and glue, before attaching your chosen decoration.
These have a internal diameter of 2cm (0.78in). You can 2d-print a circular image of your choosing and glue it in.

---Finishing and Painting---
I've experimented a great deal with using acetone-dissolved ABS in a slurry to smoothe off these cufflinks, giving them a much sleeker surface than comes off my printer.

I first file them down with needle files and then apply thin layers of the slurry with a brush to smooth any particularly rough ridges.

Then they are spray primed, and finally painted with acrylic paints (the sort used for painting wargame/rpg miniatures.

(Secret bonus cuff-links in the Skp file - not Doctor Who related.)

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Thanks a lot for design, printed and painted Tardis looks awesome !!

why is the dalek split in two? Wouldn't it be an easier build if it was on its back?

It would be much easier, yes - but I've found that I get better detail on the sides of a print than I do on the top of a print, so I optimized for detail, rather than simplicity of printing. The tops of prints often look a bit like the extreme topographic lines from a hilly map!

One of the Galifraen cuffs has no square in the back to insert the connector

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