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Customizable Tesselating Living Hinge

by drxenocide, published

Customizable Tesselating Living Hinge by drxenocide Aug 31, 2016


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Customizable Tesselating Living Hinge by drxenocide is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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This is a living hinge that uses a tessellation of child objects to create an array of cutouts. This allows for very artistic living hinges that may or may not work. This thing is customizable to show off the features of the program. It is not intended to be printed (although of course you could). The idea is for the user to create a pattern which is cut out by a laser cutter or engraver.

In this program the object is a character which can be input by the user, the size of the hinge, the array type (square, hexagonal or triangular), the character, the amount of whitespace padding, the rotation of the characters, as well as centering are all customizable.

If you download the .scad file, it will come with many examples, and includes all the functions in thing:1736879

Please leave any comments, bug reports or feature requests in the comments, I would like to get this added to the OpenSCAD standard library.

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This is not intended to be printed, but instead to be laser cut from flat stock.

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I tried to explain it in the description. A living hinge is a hinge that uses a single piece that flexes. A tessellation is an array of shapes that fills a plane. Other than defining those terms, I cant explain it much better than I did in the description.

is this correct? You are saying that the cutouts affects the resistance to bending to different degrees. and creates interesting pattern when bending? Do you have video of the piece you created bending, to show how it looks while bending? If so, please post it. thanks.

I don't have one, but if you keyword search "living hinge" on thingiverse, you will get a lot of hits. Here is one of the most dramatic ones: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:14273.

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