Treasure Chest

by Zaggo, published

Treasure Chest by Zaggo Oct 6, 2009



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Ok, this is a tough one.

This treasure chest is printed in one piece!
You definitely should be good friends with your MakerBot when printing this. ABS warping is a big problem. The few lucky ones with PLA on their desk definitely have the advantage here...

Anyway, you might give it a shot.

As usual with my quirky objects, Skeinforge is moaning and groaning when processing it. But if you configure "Carve" to use "unproven meshes" and ignore all warnings, you should get a printable gcode file :)

The attached gcode is the one I used for printing the treasure chest on the photo. It's suitable for MakerBots with a .5mm nozzle.

There's also a short video on this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtoLPj_YOkA


  • Print the object
  • Remove the raft and the two support pylons
  • Store your treasures

[UPDATE 06/26/2011: The attached gcode is (as the whole object) from October 2009. There was no TOM then, only Makerbot Cupcakes with MK3 extruders. The pre-generated gcode is (and stays) here for historical reference. If you own a newer Cupcake or TOM, generate your own gcode from the STL]

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Nice Treasure Chest :)

Just finish printing it out.

Zaggo remove the GCODE. That file is only for your machine.

For everyone else, The GCODE is generated per machine settings so don't use it. Or you may regret it.

Use the STL file and generate your own.

Look at the date of this thing! It's 2 years old and there was no TOM then. The gcode prints just fine on a Cupcake.

OK, I am guessing the GCODE is for another machine as my TOM went a bit pathological using the GCODE below.

Generating my own GCODE, using external supports and 80% fill resulted in a working box the first time. I had some rocking and other problems so I tried internal and external support and 100% fill (with 10C less platform heat). Sadly this resulted in a bit worse product (the ambient temp changed
a lot too...

Printed fine, but I used the gcode :( it didnt work too nicely. The box won't close all the way; it just pops right back open, and it skipped steps at the very top. But mabye I could try with my own gcode. :)

I tried with my own gcode. Works great!

Have not printed this one yet but it is definitely on my print list. Just need to get more botfeed first :)

Just love this little item. It printed out perfectly. Just took a skeinforge update to get the combing feature to work well.

When I close it I hear a very nice clicking sound and it it neatly shut.

Would be so cool if we could integrate a lock and a key into it... To protect our treasure. Pretty complex to do that out of one piece though...

Hi jusy went to watch ur vid, and its listed as private :( Good build tho! sweet that is done in one piece!

Oops. Sorry for that. I was i a hurry...
I changed the settings. The video should be public now.