Print in Place / Snap in Place Gyro Cube

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Print in Place / Snap in Place Gyro Cube by VickyTGAW Aug 16, 2016
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This is a remix of a remix! Using the OpenSCAD code from the Big Nippled Parametric Gyro Cube, I updated the connections. I originally designed this to print as "Print in Place"-- so all the cubes print where they need to be and there is no assembly required after the fact (other than snapping off bottom supports).

However, this model can also be printed with all the spheres flat and you can snap each sphere in place after the fact.

These spheres are sized just right that you can run each sphere as a separate print and embed them into each other (by pausing the next print). Which means-- multiple colors even if you have single extruder (like me!)

The connections are more robust and I focused on 45 degree angles to help with consistency in printing. I have printed both versions of the model on two different machines (MakerGear M2 and the Wanhao Duplicator i3) and have experimented with three different nozzle sizes (0.35, 0.4 and 0.5). They have been spinning well and surviving stress tests by my 3 year old and 5 year old. Hopefully it will work well on your machine(s) as well!

A YouTube video with more details on my Gyro Cube prints:

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For the "Print in Place" version, I only do supports on the bottom to hold the inner spheres up. See Slicing Screenshots below

For "Snap in Place", no supports at all.

Biggest Tip-- Add a Vertical Z Lift when you retract. In Simplify3D, it is the Retraction Vertical Lift setting under Ooze Control (See Slicing Screenshots below). When the cubes start to close up those circle cut-outs, there can be dropping or curling. Having your nozzle lift up prevents collisions and more importantly, snapping some of those delicate thin pieces.

Slicing Screenshots

When I

I highly recommend adding a Vertical Lift - it helps when those circle cut outs are closing up near the top.

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Can it be scaled up at all ?
Did you try it?


Greetings! I hadn't tried scaling it up. If it gives you hassle, one thing you can do is change the sizes and number of cubes in the OpenSCAD code to make a new model to keep all the clearances in tact.

Normally, I would offer to make the change for you, but holy moly, it's been a busy month!

Good luck! And THANKS for commenting!

Thank you for quick respons.
I'll just try to print it 120% and see what is going on.

Excellent stuff, Vicky!

Thank you!
And an extra thanks for taking your time to do the video with the explanations!

BTW: the corresponding parameter for "Vertical Z Lift" in Cura is "Z Hop when Retracted"

Thank you so much fro your kind words... and the tip on Cura! Have a fantastic day!

Vicky I love your enthusiasm. Thanks for all the hard work you did on this model. It showed my son and I some interesting approaches with S3D. Keep up the great work.

Oh thank you so much for taking the time to comment. I love Simplify3D-- it has really helped me amp my creativity. I hope you have a great day!