Thumbnail: regular blitzball (right) vs. 3d printed blitzball(TPU ,left)
I've been wanting to get some blitzballs for some time, and I realized that I could probably 3D print them, so I started doing some research. After an hour of research, I hunted down a wikipedia article about goldberg polyhedra which resemble soccer balls and blitzballs because they have pentagons and hexagons. I found the polyhedra named G(2,1), and clicked on the annotation which took me to a website which generates polyhedra based on Conway Polyhedra Notation, or basically a recipe to carve out a shape. It conveniently let me download the obj and I could finally print it, after an hour of searching.
The website for generating the polyhedra: http://levskaya.github.io/polyhedronisme/?recipe=A10wD (its fun to play around with)
If you do print this and throw it around, let me know how it goes, and/or how it compares to a real blitzball.
You may want to add more infill depending on how heavy you want the ball
The official blitzball is supposed to be just under an ounce fyi.
I printed mine in TPU (ninjaflex)
A Random Wiki Article
A ool polyhedra generator in the sources of the random wiki article :3