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Extensible Chainmail

by emmett, published

Extensible Chainmail by emmett Apr 2, 2013

Description

This simple chainmail is intended to be as quick and easy to print as possible, hence the square links and straight bridges. The one pictured here is striped because it was ditto-printed (an option in the Sailfish firmware to print simultaneously with both nozzles). This single print filled the whole Replicator build platform, but took just over an hour.

This chainmail is extensible because the links along two edges are open, which allows you to knit other pieces of chainmail onto them them. You can see in one photo where I turned the sheet into a tube this way.

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Read the instructions, then click Open in Customizer. There you can output it all as one sheet if you want, at any desired size. I can't wait to see a picture of your curtain!

im new to 3d printing. about to get a printrbot jr v2. how do i put the chainmail together like in the pictures? the files seem to show it as seperate three chunks.

i want to make a curtain out of this :)

I cant figure how to make the customizer work properly... I just want one sheet, 150x150 wtih no 'ditto', but no matter what combinations I try it wont work... any tips? (sorry for being a n00b!)

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Instructions

The included STL is meant to be ditto-printed, hence the three separate sets of chainmail 33mm apart. If you're not set up for ditto printing, you can output a continuous piece in Customizer, or adjust for different nozzle spacing. You can change other parameters as well, but if you make the thickness too large, you'll just end up with a solid plate.

I sliced this with the MakerWare medium default settings with two changes: 3 shells and 0.25mm layers. This ensures it doesn't try to infill where there's not enough space and also makes sure you end up with the right number of layers everywhere. I used PLA with a big fan, printing on cold blue tape over kapton. Make sure your platform is extremely level and your first layer is just squished enough. This printed without a single link failing.

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soupaboy on Sep 28, 2013 said:

im new to 3d printing. about to get a printrbot jr v2. how do i put the chainmail together like in the pictures? the files seem to show it as seperate three chunks.

i want to make a curtain out of this :)

emmett on Oct 2, 2013 said:

Read the instructions, then click Open in Customizer. There you can output it all as one sheet if you want, at any desired size. I can't wait to see a picture of your curtain!

SLAM-ER on Aug 14, 2013 said:

I cant figure how to make the customizer work properly... I just want one sheet, 150x150 wtih no 'ditto', but no matter what combinations I try it wont work... any tips? (sorry for being a n00b!)

3dcgmodeler on Jul 25, 2013 said:

so u did this with makerware and sailfish???

Darrellandson on Apr 7, 2013 said:

About 10% of my links didn't stick to the bed, mostly in one corner. Probably because I'm not using blue tape. I switched to hairspray on kapton, and missed a spot.

Fastrack on Apr 4, 2013 said:

Since I do not use my second extruder. Can I used customizer to create an entire bed (6 sections to print at once?)

emmett on Apr 5, 2013 said:

Yeah, try out customizer. If you disable ditto, it'll all print as one big sheet.

PrettySmallThings on Apr 4, 2013 said:

Awesome!

laird on Apr 2, 2013 said:

Very nice!

yzorg on Apr 2, 2013 said:

cool

i might combine it with my shoulder plate armor later...

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