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Project Shellter - Customizable Oxystele sinesis

by TeamTeamUSA, published

Project Shellter - Customizable Oxystele sinesis by TeamTeamUSA Mar 6, 2013

Description

Why should only hermit crabs wear a shellter? Now both crabs and people can enjoy <i>Oxystele sinesis</i> "heart" shells!

Create a customized home for your crab, and a stylish necklace or earring for you that reveals where another species lives.

The Customizer is the missing piece to enable a hermit crab caretaker to make the correctly sized shell for a crab. A Sage (www.sagemath.org) version has been in development, but when the Customizer was announced, development shifted to this thing.

This is a first version; other versions will be forthcoming.

Please use and report any issues in the comments.

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Thanks! :)

Wish the Customizer and the ply2scad.py tool were around back in 2011 during the heyday of Project Shellter. Extending this to other pets is a great idea!
This is really, really cool -- and sets up an interesting precedent: how about practical dog and cat printed objects that have a parametric setting to kick out the "charm" or pendant form for the owners? Even better, this is a project that really benefits the little creatures, as I've seen during the experiments at MakerBot a couple of years ago.

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Instructions

<b><big>IMPORTANT - If you see a red exclamation point (!) in Customizer, the STL will not be created correctly! Please adjust settings and try again.</big></b>

One thing for two species!

<b>Shell (for hermit crab)</b>

  1. Remove hanging ring
  2. Print

<b>Shell (for person)</b>

  1. Rotate and position hanging ring - or remove it all together
  2. Print
  3. Optionally, attach earring wire or leather cord for necklace

<b>Slice (for person)</b>

  1. Use the values in Slice Instructions to get started
  2. Adjust Slice Position and Slice Thickness to your liking
  3. Rotate and position hanging ring - or remove it all together
  4. Print
  5. Optionally, attach earring wire or leather cord for necklace

<b>NOTES</b>

  • When creating a shell slice, there are a range of slice thickness/slice position combinations that just do not work. Most of the non-working combinations have been determined and if you use one, you will see a red exclamation point above the shell slice. An STL created when the exclamation point is visible will be a cube.
  • Keep the Slice Position within the range of >= -49 and >= 82, and the Slice Thickness >= 5 for best results.
  • If your STL is a cube and you didn't see an exclamation point, please adjust the slice thickness and/or slice position and try again. Please leave a comment pointing to the cube STL so that the combination can be added to the warning() code.

<p>Thanks! :)</p>

<p>Wish the Customizer and the http://ply2scad.py tool were around back in 2011 during the heyday of Project Shellter. Extending this to other pets is a great idea!</p>

<p>This is really, really cool -- and sets up an interesting precedent: how about practical dog and cat printed objects that have a parametric setting to kick out the "charm" or pendant form for the owners? Even better, this is a project that really benefits the little creatures, as I've seen during the experiments at MakerBot a couple of years ago.</p>

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