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Customizable modular marble track / Desk toy

by dearner, published

Customizable modular marble track / Desk toy by dearner Apr 21, 2017

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Summary

Make sure you print a few test pieces before one of the large plates; some people have reported that the default tolerance is too large for them and the track won't snap together. Change the tolerance variable in the customizer to .20 or .15 to make the fit on the pieces slightly tighter!

This is a set of modular marble track pieces that work well with 3/8" bearings (or other similar, small marbles.) By default, the track "unit" is 20x20x20mm; the open pieces of track are half-height, and the drops are double height. Print it out and use it (like I have) to avoid whatever important work you're supposed to be doing.

I've included:

  • the OpenSCAD file (which is parametric, and should work now),
  • two track set STL files (which are about 160x160, so should print on an i3)
  • individual STL files for each piece in the standard sets
  • an 8mm marble (which probably needs a raft/brim, and may not be heavy enough)

Updated on 21 Apr 2017: The .scad file now has better support for parametrization; if you use Thingiverse's customizer, you'll get a full set with one of each piece, which should make changing/remixing easier. I also squished the pieces together a little more in the track sets, which should reduce print time a little.

Print Settings

Printer:

CTC i3

Rafts:

No

Supports:

No

Resolution:

.3mm

Infill:

20%


Notes:

Prints well at 40mm/s and .3mm layer height on my cheap i3 clone. The pieces have (by default) .25mm of extra lateral room at the connectors; if your printer is nicer than mine, you might need to change this in the OpenSCAD file and re-generate the pieces / track sets.

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I printed a bunch of the parts on my i3 clone and they are too loose to stay together. What settings should i use on the customizer?

Thank you.

I printed mine at .3mm layer height with no print cooling in PLA, so they're pretty rough. I would suggest lowering the tolerance in the customizer to .20 or .15; this will make the cuts that form the female connectors slightly smaller. Let me know which settings work for you, and I'll update the thing description.

Cool design and thanks for including the track packs. I've split track pack 1 and have the smaller pieces printing just now and have the longer parts and a few extra bits ready to go. Will post a photo once it's all done.

Hey, I have been waiting for something like this that is modular. Very excited. I am going to start printing today.i will post my results.

Glad to hear it - and for sure, post the results once they've printed!

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