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Chainmail

by walter, published

Chainmail by walter Jan 29, 2013

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Description

Experimental chainmail. You can download and print one of the example files, or download the script to generate a custom size. The chainmail in the pictures is printed 1.2 or 1.5 times the default size.

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I printed OK with no support, using ABS on a heated bed. However, I had trouble with the openscad results. It seems the coordinates of the single link image link.stl have gotten shifted, so the end rows no longer interlink!
To fix this, I had to change the program by adding one translate, so it now reads like this:
module loadLinks() {
translate([-6.5,0,0])
import("link.stl", convexity = 6);

Be careful, as it's easy to change the coordinates of the link.stl just by printing it (moving it on the platform) or perhaps even viewing it in certain software. I downloaded a fresh copy to be sure I hadn't screwed it up myself before I added the translate above. (And, I had--but this correction works with the link.stl as freshly downloaded.)

What slicer do you use? ReplicatorG/Skeinforge takes a long time. As in a LONG TIME. Thanks!

Could you print with a little gap in the links on the edge and thread two sheets together? The gap could be plugged with a piece of filament and soldering iron, perhaps...

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Instructions

To generate a custom size, you can try using the 'chainmail v1-0.scad' and 'links.stl' files, but it tends to crash when I try running it with larger values.

Print without support material.

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DaveGadgeteer on Mar 4, 2014 said:

I printed OK with no support, using ABS on a heated bed. However, I had trouble with the openscad results. It seems the coordinates of the single link image link.stl have gotten shifted, so the end rows no longer interlink!
To fix this, I had to change the program by adding one translate, so it now reads like this:
module loadLinks() {
translate([-6.5,0,0])
import("link.stl", convexity = 6);

Be careful, as it's easy to change the coordinates of the link.stl just by printing it (moving it on the platform) or perhaps even viewing it in certain software. I downloaded a fresh copy to be sure I hadn't screwed it up myself before I added the translate above. (And, I had--but this correction works with the link.stl as freshly downloaded.)

kimnluna on Feb 24, 2014 said:

What slicer do you use? ReplicatorG/Skeinforge takes a long time. As in a LONG TIME. Thanks!

polymaker on Feb 5, 2014 said:

Could you print with a little gap in the links on the edge and thread two sheets together? The gap could be plugged with a piece of filament and soldering iron, perhaps...

pxfun on Nov 11, 2013 said:

really cool!! Thank you for sharing.

TPW78 on Nov 10, 2013 said:

looks very covering,

blk380 on Sep 21, 2013 said:

About how long does it take to print the 12x8 version of this on a Replicator 2?

thebigt27 on Jan 9, 2014 said:

on my ultimaker 2 at 50mm/s at .1mm layer height and a raft it took about 5 hours and 15 minutes

bjornsyse on May 28, 2013 said:

Btw, My OpenSCAD takes forever to generate this kind of stuff. I'm on 2 x 8 core machine with 3.2 GHZ, and 32 GB of RAM. Why is OpenScad so ridicously slow? All it's doing is making an array of 10x10 (100 pcs) of an STL file. I can't believe it.

Ansarum on May 8, 2013 said:

this would be cool if I didn't know how to make it myself with real metal rings faster then the print lol. still very creative idea and it flows nicely. I might be inclined to make some fancy patterns that people can print out as well!

Gernreich on Mar 11, 2013 said:

European 4 in 1?

Ablapo on Jan 30, 2013 said:

Your photo looks great! What printer do you use?

walter on Jan 30, 2013 said:

Thanks! It was printed in ABS with the Afinia H-Series 3D Printer.

nickythegreek on Jan 29, 2013 said:

Printed the 1x1, pretty neat! Going to try the 4x3 next.

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