Action #Chess 2.X

by cymon, published

Action #Chess 2.X by cymon Mar 31, 2012



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Update I'm about ready to just delete this one. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:25084 is the one you want. Do not print this one.

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Update I am now building these and selling these on my Etsy! So if you don't have a printer yet, I will be happy to print you one! Check it out at https://www.etsy.com/listing/109657227/

Thanks to those who printed the original Action Chess I learned a lot so I returned the the drawing board. While this assembles similarly to the original, every part has been adjusted somewhat. Improved base-to-base connections for the pawns and rooks, an improved king/queen conenction, and an improved overall design. If all things work out this should be a vast improvement over the original. And cooler looking.

Plus I added a tinkercad logo to the chest for shameless pandering. (Well, I wanted a logo, but I couldn't design one that I liked, so I went with this.)

Special thanks to PrettySmallThings for helping me with the couplers and for pointing out that I need to send my files through netfabb.

This part was made with Tinkercad. Edit the part online at: https://tinkercad.com/things/8kCHfmDya9y

EDIT Made a version scaled by 80% so the pieces fit in the sizes specified by the contest rules. You can edit that version at https://tinkercad.com/things/03FJJx1dw3l


  1. Print aplate for all sides.
  2. Insert the dial into the king (see illustration).
  3. Play Chess.

To assemble in robot form:

  1. Slide the tab from the queen into the notch on the king and slide downards to lock the body together.
  2. Twist the dial to lock the king and queen together.
  3. Take the 2 type A pawns and slide into the shoulder slots.
  4. Take 4 type B pawns and lock their feet together to form 2 legs.
  5. Flip the knights over for feet and snap the legs into them.
  6. Snap the legs into the body.
  7. Take the remaing 2 type B pawns and lock their feet into the feet of the rooks to form two upper arms.
  8. Snap the shoulders pawns into the upper arms.
  9. Snap the upper arm pawns into the bishops to form the hands.

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Thanks for this, it is really cool! I just printed your first version and didn't discover this one until after. Excited to test out the updated model. Do you think you can update a king/queen without the tinkercad logo?

Chessbot Hero (Formerly Action Chess V3)
by cymon

This is really a neat chess set and I can't wait to play it with my son (who found it on this site). Unfortunately, I am having a little trouble printing it on my Ultimaker with a layer height of 0.1mm.  I looked at the stl in Meshlab and found the bottom of the knights are not flat.  The tab on the back middle is lower than the rest of the knight causing it to not stick on the bed of my machine.  Is there any way we could get a fixed version? 


Always check the derivatives.

Chessbot Hero (Formerly Action Chess V3)
by cymon

Great work! This version is orders of magnitude improved over the previous. I successfully printed everything from the V2 zip file. I had to do a little bit of filing on the King/Queen interlocking tab -- the tolerances were a bit too tight on my print. I also found that the Knights were a little tough to print. I haven't verified by looking at the Z coordinates in Blender yet, but it felt like, after having ReplicatorG place the object on the platform, there was one small layer of just one end of the Knight (the horse's nose, if I recall correctly?) and then the actual structural base was printed as the second layer. This made it not as sturdy as it could have been. So the "floor" of the Knight might not be 100% even. Again -- I haven't yet verified, it just felt that way during printing.

Hmm, I suspect it's actually the knight's mane. i tried fixing that. I'll have to try again. Awesome looking print. Awesome.

Next version will have the king/queen mating fixed too.

I split the full size model in half and rotated it around so it will fit in the center of my bed. I am not sure if I introduced an issue, but several of the piece's bases don't appear to be on the exact same Z level. For example the rooks and the associated pawns are a little high as is the one not-chess piece.

Anybody else seeing this as well?

Good job, now we need one that turns into a car.

Congratulations! :)

Makealot, you were the one who I was most worried about taking the win over me. The shere volume of stuff you produced. You deserve an honorable mention for that alone. Good job to you.

But you already have a makerbot so I don't feel too back about winning.

WooT! Cymon FTW!

Finally you will be able to print stuff! About freekin time. :)

Well done glad to see your design win.

Congratulations!! Now it works 8-)

Mine derivative is still on the way.. I've printed a beta version and found some joints are too tight..

congratulations! it prints, assembles, and looks great

I just looked up "redux" to be sure I was using the word right.

...I'm not.

So I'm not going to call this "Action Chess Redux."

"Brought back, restored" - wikipedia

Is that not it?

Rise of Rodimus Pawn?

I'm not really restoring anything. I'm continuing on the design and improving it. Hence V2.X. Makes sense in my head.

i was always more fond of mark 2 etc.