Vertical Chessboard, aka The Cat Proof Chessboard

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Vertical Chessboard, aka The Cat Proof Chessboard by SSilver Feb 28, 2016
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The Vertical Chessboard, aka Cat Proof Chess

Like most cats, my kitties look like adorable piles of fluff content on living a quiet life of napping and purring. In reality, however, they are little balls of evil and hate intent on destruction. Their favorite pastime is to look me in the eye while knocking down something that will produce a nice shatter or anything of value, but unattended chess pieces will do in a pinch. That’s why I made the Vertical Chessboard. It can easily be mounted on a wall, up and out of reach of their evil little paws.

The chess pieces were modified from PerryT’s excellent chess set here:

The board pieces were printed at 200-micron layer height with 20% infill. No supports are needed.
The pieces were done at 100-micron layer height with 30% infill. They WILL need supports and lots of them.

All together you will need to print:

Top x3
Top Right x1
Bottom Left x1
Bottom x3
Left x3
Right x3
Center x19
King and Queen x1
Bishop, Knight, Rook x2
Pawn x8

Top x3
Top Left x1
Bottom Right x1
Bottom x3
Left x3
Right x3
Center x19
King and Queen x1
Bishop, Knight, Rook x2
Pawn x8

And lots and lots of pins to put it all together.

The completed chess set in the images was printed at 80% scale.
The cat’s name is Two.
The top left and right pieces have keyhole slots to mount it on a wall but the completed print turned out to be so light I stuck mine up with poster tack instead.
This print will take several million years to complete and you could save time now by switching to a less time consuming hobby.

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This is genius. And it looks good as a wall hanging even if you cannot play chess worth a darn :-D I only recently started printing chess sets - mostly as a way to test various filaments while still producing something "useful". This will be my next chess project for sure... just have to decide on filament and color. Thanks!

I'm curious, what program did you use to bend the pieces?

3ds Max. I bent each one till it was vertical, then chopped the bottom off and added the little connector that fit into the board pieces.

I agree with "MakeAlot " still laughing at your description of the cat,So true
Great job
Thank-you for sharing