Gyroscopic Snowflake

by roman_hegglin, published

Gyroscopic Snowflake by roman_hegglin Dec 7, 2012

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Q: What do you get if you cross a snowflake with a gimbal?
A: A gyroscopic snowflake!
It actually works!
Can there be any better Christmas decoration?

There are three variants:
-small , (Gimbal snowflake star small.STL)
-medium (Gimbal snowflake star.STL) and
-big (Gimbal snowflake.STL).

Update I:
I made an other one: Small, shape of a snowflake and a little thinner. Quick to print.
(Gimbal snowflake small and flat.STL), see thingiverse.com/image:213186

Update II:
If snowflakes within snowflakes (flakeception?) are a thing you are into, then check out my other snowflake thing: Shadowflake

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Awesomee !

I could see several of these on a Christmas tree.

I really ought to check my Thingiverse dashboard more often. This is great!

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1. Print it (maybe scale it before).
2. Gently twist the parts to release the parts from each other (be careful!).
3. Attach some (invisible) string and hang it anywhere you like.
4. Please give Feedback.
5. Enjoy your gyroscopic / gimbal snowflake!


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sebastianrosca on Nov 23, 2013 said:

Awesomee !

ThePelton on Nov 10, 2013 said:

I could see several of these on a Christmas tree.

fluffy on Dec 23, 2012 said:

I really ought to check my Thingiverse dashboard more often. This is great!

Alzibiff on Dec 20, 2012 said:

Amazing! I printed the smaller ones a few days ago and was a little worried about pushing the inner parts too much so I left them just tilted. Today I printed the B-I-G one on my new Mendel90 (built from a Nophead kit) ... and took the plunge by twisting and freeing each of the snowflakes in turn (I did the centre one last). Totally brilliant thing especially considering that this works as-is - no clips, no glue, no construction needed at all. Top marks.

roman_hegglin on Dec 20, 2012 said:

Thank you.

sommox on Dec 17, 2012 said:

Very nice! but mine is not gyroscopic... too hot?

roman_hegglin on Dec 17, 2012 said:

it takes a little (!) bit of force to separate the parts at the predetermined breaking points. sometimes it takes a bit more...

what temperature do you use?
what material?
how high are your layers?

I used PLA, 185C for the first and 200 for the rest of the 0.2mm layers.

358Eki on Dec 15, 2012 said:

Very printable and nice design! (Slicer0.93 + Huxley)

bre on Dec 13, 2012 said:

This is awesome.

laird on Dec 12, 2012 said:

I've printed and given out dozens of these as Hanukkah presents. People love them! Thanks.

RichRap on Dec 12, 2012 said:

Fantastic job Roman, this is my favorite Christmas thing this year!

roman_hegglin on Dec 12, 2012 said:

Thank you. It was fun to create something and to see the idea grow to this thing.

PS: I enjoy it to read your blog. I learned a lot of the basics of 3d printing from you!