Snowflake, a hexagon chain mail
by Ablapo, published
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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I'm looking forward to trying to print this at some point. Â 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 :). Â
I think we are just beginning to see the potential of even this basic form of 3D printing. Â Thanks for pushing the envelope!
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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).
- 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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