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Chess - Classic Set

by SteedMaker, published

Chess - Classic Set by SteedMaker Nov 7, 2012

Description

This is a classic set of chess pieces - albeit customized while keeping the traditional feel. The models have also been designed for 3D printing.
Updated - Nov 2014

I have also created a spiral chess stand that works well with this chess set for a decorative storage unit:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:580331

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Nov 2014 Update: I have now updated a lot of the details and fixed a number of minor issues. Hopefully that improved printability. I have even made minor changes since the photos were taken based on larger prints. I have also included a knight with no support and included a square layout to get a bigger build area while printing the entire set at once - worked great on my Makerbot Rep2. Tweaked the King, Queen, and knight. Note, these are hires models so the file size can be large and slicing can take a while.
I have now uploaded a version of the knight without the built-in support. Added a bit of weight to the ears.
I have tried to improve the knight and rook. The knight still has support under the chin - no getting around that unless I bend the head up and then it would no longer look proper since this is a classic chess model. I really didn't address the ear issue - maybe next iteration.

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Instructions

This model is designed to be printed without supports. The build-plate has to be perfectly level to do the chess set all at once. The details look better with a larger print. The model is hires so if your printer can give more detail your chess set will benefit from that. You may need to resize and reposition the set on the build platform. There is a horse/knight designed with built-in support and one without support. The one with support was created to print on an extruder style printer without additional supports. Of course you will need to print one set in one colour and another in a different colours. The board is not included.


I have updated the chess set - made the rook's crown thicker and the arms of the king and queen thicker to help with the strength of the build. I made some of the subtle features more distinct so they show up better. I have also included the thing file format for Makerware users.
I have also added individual pieces so that you can print those out individually and make those any size you want.


Update (Nov 2014): Tweaked the knight, king and queen to add articulation and increase printability . A square layout was added for printing out the entire set at once. Added a knight/horse with no support for folks who want that option. Please note the chess set models all have the knight/horse with support - you will have to create your own setup with individual pieces to printout a set with the horse that has no built-in support.


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Nov 19, 2014 - Modified Nov 19, 2014
Nov 2014 Update: I have now updated a lot of the details and fixed a number of minor issues. Hopefully that improved printability. I have even made minor changes since the photos were taken based on larger prints. I have also included a knight with no support and included a square layout to get a bigger build area while printing the entire set at once - worked great on my Makerbot Rep2. Tweaked the King, Queen, and knight. Note, these are hires models so the file size can be large and slicing can take a while.
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When I do 3D Printing presentations, I show your chess set as an excellent example of things designed for 3D printing. I was able to print all pieces, except the knights, without supports. I'd like to ask if you'd redesign the knight, so it didn't need supports under its chin? Also, it's ears are very delicate, and I've already broken two ears. Could you make the ears a little thicker, or shorter, or less pointed, or something else to make the ears stronger?
Nov 16, 2014 - Modified Nov 16, 2014
SteedMaker - in reply to antonaccid
I have now uploaded a version of the knight without the built-in support. Added a bit of weight to the ears.
Nov 14, 2014 - Modified Nov 14, 2014
SteedMaker - in reply to antonaccid
I have tried to improve the knight and rook. The knight still has support under the chin - no getting around that unless I bend the head up and then it would no longer look proper since this is a classic chess model. I really didn't address the ear issue - maybe next iteration.
I had no problems printing the knights without supports - that is why I put the structure under the chin but I could try to put a bit more there. yes, the ears are probably a bit too delicate. I will try to find some time to do this, once I have don that I will update the files here.
This is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks SteedMaker!
Thinking your rooks should only have 4 spokes on them and be way thicker. But I love the look.
Okay I have attempted to make the rooks crown thinker on this version.
Well now I've got to print ont.

By the way, don't delete the old ones, tho. Keep an archive.
What are using to slice it with?  I used Makerware (medium quality). and didn't have a problem.  I would suggest trying it with RepG.
Tried to Slice your STL, but every time, it crashes (Slic3r) after one hour or so......
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