Parametric MakerBelt

by laird, published

Parametric MakerBelt by laird Nov 7, 2012
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Inspired by the MakerBelt, but loving OpenSCAD, what was I to do? I wrote a script to generate belts!

Aside from being parametric, the belt is also different in that the end snaps onto the beginning, so you can join multiple belts into one huge belt.


Print the belt as-is if you wear a 32" belt.

parametric-belt-lap.stl is a belt that's 32 inches long. It fills a Replicator plate.
parametric-belt-lap-t4.stl is a short segment of 3 links plus one link that can be clipped onto the longer belt.

Or edit the OpenSCAD script's parameters to do things like:

  • Make the belt wider, taller or longer.
  • Make the belt links square instead of circular.
  • Cover more area, if you have a larger print area.

Might make an interesting tank tread as well. :-)

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I just made one. Very pleased.Only a few stray noodles in the overhangs of the thru holes. Ran about 12 hrs @ .27 slices.Sliced with Makerware 1.1, Printed on a Replicator 1in ABS, with firmware 7.0 - which is very good, fast, quiet and smooth.

laird - in reply to TSDF

Awesome! I would love to see a photo...

I just uploaded a derivate with a slightly improved layout.  Feel free to incorporate it into the original and I can delete it (or just leave it as is if you like)

laird - in reply to jag

Very cool! I've made a few additions to my script as well - I'll see if I can merge the two.

jag - in reply to laird

oops, I forgot to clip the links at the top and bottom (of course I noticed this after 3 hours of slicing)
I'm uploading an updated file in a minute.

Nice!! <- Two thumbs up!

Next make a pulley?

A pully - fun idea!