Gold Atom

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Gold Atom by greengiant83 Jul 1, 2013

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This represents an atom of gold. It has 79 electrons. Each of the 6 shells is independently articulating on a gimbal system.


I printed this on my Ultimaker at .1mm layer height and it came out great. The rings are lightly locked in place when first removed off the bed. Simply force each ring to rotate on is axis and after a revolution or two it should spin smoothly

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Please check out my Customizable Atom Deluxe (every element preconfigured).

Customizable Atom Deluxe (every element preconfigured)

Hey, is there anyway someone could link me to a gcode about 85% the size of the original? I can not get slicer to export, it keeps shutting down on me when I try to export this.

Dont turn the threads down, that makes it more unstable and incredibly slow, that kid is an idiot. . Make sure u update slicer to the current version and dont use the dev pack, its unstable and for advanced users only. It also has memory leaks so sometimes a reboot can fix it. Dont use slic3r unless u want fancy infill or surface textures. I use Cura for basic prints and slicer for heavy modification like internal reflections via over extruding one layer, you can get really technical with Slic3r but u need to know what ur doing or ur gonna waste pla.
Slic3r is most stable when it has one less thread than your core count. Its fastest with 1 or 1 threads above your core count, (about 1 thread for 4 cores, so 8core=+2 threads.

Turn down the number of threads to 1 in the advanced tab of slic3r

Do you think that you could make a uranium atom? I have a LOT of radioactive green plastic and need something awesome to make. I know that I could just print roman_hegglin's, but I really like how you put the atomic symbol on the inside circle.

I love this idea. I'll see what I can do

Thank you. You get the official seal of epicness.

You know, I just realized that you have figured out the secret to building atoms.
( and they say matter cannot be created or destroyed MUAHAHAHAHA! )

Like Emmett, I too would like to have a customizer that would be able to make any atom that you wanted. That would be so awesome! Science in action!

I just had an amazing idea! print 117 atoms and line them up to match the periodic table. A bit ridiculous but with the magic of 3D printing and this brilliant design could (theoretically) be done!

And print every atom in the color of this element. Would be amazing!
You can do it now with the customizable atom.

Do it! That would be amazing - and SO fun for chemistry teachers to use in their classrooms!

Damned nice looking thing!

Thank you, Jkrassman

Awesome, but can you make it customizable to create any atom?

A chalenge indeed!
I made a customizable to create any atom:


That would be cool, but I did this in Blender and it doesn't lend itself to that

Sounds like a challenge!

What settings did you use in Customizer?

Evamvid,I can't recall specifically but it was 7 rings with the maximum spacing between them and the rest was set at defaults I believe

Thanks....the reason I asked was because I'm now trying to make a customizable version (as bvac said, sounds like a challenge)!