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Snowflake, a hexagon chain mail

by Ablapo, published

Snowflake, a hexagon chain mail by Ablapo Oct 15, 2012

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Description

It's a hexagon chain mail thing.
Each chain is connected to 3 other chain elements.

Most chain mails I have seen have a quadratic form and 4 connecting neighbors. I found one triangle version with 3 connecting neighbors, too. They are listed as ancestors, because the ideas are similar.

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so, no supports?

Thanks for the great model - printed wonderfully!

I'm looking forward to trying to print this at some point.  Great design!

I have a lot of fun trying to design parts that print without support, and the bridging technique is one of my favorites :).  

I think we are just beginning to see the potential of even this basic form of 3D printing.  Thanks for pushing the envelope!

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License

GNU - GPL
Snowflake, a hexagon chain mail by Ablapo is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Instructions

Make changes to OpenScad-file's parameters, resize it, print it, separate each chain carefully.

You might want to resize the 20x20 mesh to fit it to your printer plate.
Or you can delete some elements using Meshlab to make a chain (sf_big_chain.stl).
Using Meshlab:
- Open file / import your mesh
- find + push the "select connected components in a region" button
- use your mouse to select an element to delete
- press delete on your keyboard
- repeat that with other element of the chainmail
- file/export mesh as ...

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Zackalegomaniac on Mar 1, 2014 said:

so, no supports?

Timesaint on Jul 1, 2013 said:

Thanks for the great model - printed wonderfully!

Ablapo on Oct 15, 2012 said:

Using the bridging technique to build chain mails is really genius. 
It's so amazing how one idea leads to the next idea. A teamwork with others I never met before. :-)

Zomboe on Oct 23, 2012 said:

I'm looking forward to trying to print this at some point.  Great design!

I have a lot of fun trying to design parts that print without support, and the bridging technique is one of my favorites :).  

I think we are just beginning to see the potential of even this basic form of 3D printing.  Thanks for pushing the envelope!

The3DLibrary on Oct 15, 2012 said:

Awesome work, We are also looking at producing the chain mail in all sorts of different shapes

Ryan King

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