Bill Ding Clown

by zhoujianfu, published

Bill Ding Clown by zhoujianfu Oct 1, 2012

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This toy design from 1931 is in the public domain... I bought a set and scanned one, this should be pretty much exactly the correct dimensions!

Don't have a 3D printer, you can now order them directly from Shapeways ($31.96): http://www.shapeways.com/model/736502/bill-ding-clown.html

See http://www.billding.com/index.php/bill-ding-history

This thing was made with Tinkercad. Edit it online https://tinkercad.com/things/dvbWYGHzDEk


Print as many as you like... the more you print the more impressive your stacking!

(The DXF file is for laser cutter folks.)

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I like this a lot. Does it need to be as tall in the Z axis as it is? I'm wondering if these could be made much smaller at say 5mm or 10mm thick instead of the (however large they are)

Yeah, I think they could probably work skinnier... I just made them the same thickness (20mm) as the physical ones I had!

I don't know if there was some practical/physical reason they were made so thick. I sort of imagine it might be harder to balance as many if they're not as thick, but by and large I can't see why they wouldn't work well enough with 1/2 or 1/4 the plastic!

Would it be possible to also post a DXF of this clown man? For us poor laser cutter folks to make out of wood or plex?  thx

Sure! I just uploaded one.. I don't have a laser cutter myself, so please give it a try and let me know if it works! The toys I have are about 20mm thick for a 48mm width (measured from the outside of the feet). I don't know the scale of this DXF file! I also made all the path lines straight because I remember that was important for using with SCAD, but maybe that wasn't really necessary.

My grandmother had a set of these.  They're pretty awesome.