Soma Cube - Chamfered

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Soma Cube - Chamfered by AdanA Dec 1, 2012

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To add to the many existing Soma Cube models on Thingiverse. I actually first modeled this long before learning of Thingiverse or acquiring a 3D printer. I made some out of wood, which is great. But it's fun in plastic too.

The feature this has that others on Thingiverse (so far, I think?) don't is that each little cubelet is chamfered. This helps make it less obvious, at a glance, where one piece ends and the next begins.

One of the other models (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11644) linked to this Parker Brothers manual scan, which is awesome: http://www.fam-bundgaard.dk/SOMA/NPARKER/NPARKER.HTM


Print and puzzle.

Consider using one or more additional shells. I've experienced gaps where the chamfers meet, and I think extra shells helped eliminate those.

Printing with greater fill makes the pieces feel more... real.

I'd like to try filling some pieces with sand, using the Sailfish Pause at ZPos feature.

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Awesome! I made seven sets to pass out in the holiday season. Printed one plate of each color, then mixed the sets so I could make all 7 pieces different colors in each set. 

More puzzles you can do with Soma cube:

And the solutions to those puzzles:

What a great idea! Nice going. Those look fantastic.

I filled mine with BBs just before the final 3 solid layers were put on top. Picture is Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/theeternalstudent/8098314369/http://www.flickr.com/photos/t...  Talk about solid!   I used Slicr with the concentric fill at 0.08 percent to give a support structure for the solid layers to print on.

I numbered the SOMA cubes and gave them colors.  My grandfather uses them to teach elementary kids.  Here they are on Tinkercad: https://tinkercad.com/things/1RU0dAdBexz-soma-cubehttps://tinkercad.com/things/1...

I like your chamfered edges and may incorporate that in the future.

AdanA - in reply to AndyP

Oh, that's great... I've definitely got to try a BB fill sometime soon. 

Sounds like a great teaching aid. Very nice!