Iconified Xiangqi set - Chinese Chess

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Iconified Xiangqi set - Chinese Chess by cymon Aug 2, 2011

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zenix beat me to the punch with http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10039, but this set was designed to preserve the shape of traditional sets to allow for playing common variations like Banqi (dark/half chess). The icons were chosen to be easy for western players to learn.

The provided board is half a Chinese Chess board fitted to print on 8 1/2x11 paper. Print 2 and tape the together to play the full game or print one to play Banqi. (I play a lot of Banqi.)


If you're on a makerbot download and print p1 and p2 twice each for a full set. If you have a bigger print bed you can print a side at a time with the full set.

When printing is complete use enamel paint and a #1 fine tipped brush in the recesses. Acrylic also work but use a sealer to add shine. (Model paints like Testor brand will actually soak into and permeate your piece.)

kitlaan has made an excellent box to store your set in: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10397

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I made a tutorial on how to do something like this without using paint. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:9329http://www.thingiverse.com/thi.... Basically you print two complementary pieces in different colours and snap them together! A bit more work but might be worth the try...

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Getting 404 on your thing, but it's a really good idea. What sort of tollerances do you have to account for? Can you design them to be perfectly the same size and they'll fit or do you need to subtract a little bit of space around them?

Remove the dot (.) from the end of the URL to make it work:


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by Kepler

On everything I've done so far, you have to have a tolerance of 0.2-0.4 mm or so depending on the size of your object. Also, looking at other people's things, it seems most people design with adjustable tolerances, if possible, because different bots have varying capabilities to get the dimensions spot-on. My thing-o-matic so far seems to be 0.6mm off dimensions on a 20mm calibration cube. I dont know how to fix that at this point. Suggestions welcome. (using replicatorg 25, and sf 35 with print-o-matic, 0.265 layer height on a 0.4mm nozzle and 40mm/s feedrate.)

Here's my test coloring using:

  • 4 drops red testors enamel

  • douse of acetone

  • scraps of white ABS

Mixed together until liquid and even, then applied using a toothpick. Once it dried, I sanded down the top (which got rid of the splotches where I missed).

The right standing-up piece (cannon) was painted with just enamel paint. The left standing-up piece (also the others) was painted using the
ABS mixture. As you can see, no paint seeping.

I think I'm going to try using a syringe+needle when I paint the next set.

Would you say a douse is a tablespoon or a teaspoon?

More in the 1-2 tablespoon range; I wasn't very careful (it's a big container of acetone). If there's too much, just keep mixing and inhale fumes for a few minutes. (Try not to pass out.)