Rubik's Vader

by Robo, published

Rubik's Vader by Robo Dec 31, 2012
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Darth-Vader version of Rubik's cube


Hi, I had this idea to build a Rubik's cube out of a statue. I chose Darth Vader for now.

It works now!

I have included:

  • My STL of Rubik's Vader.
  • Boolean Shape: The STL that can be used to make a Rubik's cube out of your own statue. (Cut it out of / Substract it from your model (boolean)).
  • The STL of the basic shape that makes up the Boolean shape, (Copied and rotated 6 times)

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I haven't tried the boolean yet, but I gotta say, THIS IS AWESOME! I took a look in a 3d design program and it looks like it should work. :) Thanks so much for setting that up!

Started a print with no support but found that it won't work out, layers stuck together between the parts.

Looking at the inside of the model with Simplify3D it seems that it's rather hollow, and I'm not sure how any support could be cleaned out easily.

The gaps between the pieces also seem to be really thin, so the only way to clean out support material would be to use a hobby knife, etc.

Did you guys print this with any support material?

I was going to make one of these, but I made the Stormtrooper first. And while it prints fine, I don't see how it functions as a Rubik's cube. All the pieces just come apart. Does it need another part? Or some glue somewhere?

OK, I looked at the stl files, and Stormtrooper is missing the center core piece, the one that holds the face center parts. But now I'm having trouble slicing Vader. Skeinforge keeps erroring out. Will try Makerware next.

RepG version printed and looked fine, even better, from the outside. But the vertical center posts were very weak, or maybe they didn't even print properly. Horizontal posts function OK, but with PLA, I don't see a way to fix the vertical posts.

Maybe that's what happened to the Stormtrooper too; those posts didn't render somehow. I am (finally) revisiting that project, and will try to make it work.