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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): shapeways.com/model/736502/bill-ding-clown.html

See billding.com/index.php/bill-ding-history

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

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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!

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)

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.

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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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MikeDX on Oct 2, 2012 said:

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)

zhoujianfu on Oct 3, 2012 said:

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!

Greymantalker on Oct 2, 2012 said:

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

zhoujianfu on Oct 2, 2012 said:

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.

NateTG on Oct 1, 2012 said:

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

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