Pokemon Chess Set

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Pokemon Chess Set by sch00f Jun 6, 2017


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Pokemon chess set I made for a friends birthday.
Printed in light Woodfill PLA, sanded, stained and sprayed with a clear coat.

Every piece is designed to be printed in 2 parts, the Pokeball base and the Pokemon itself.
The base can be filled with nuts (M8 at 100% size, M6 at 75%) to make the pieces more bottom heavy.

To better differentiate the pieces they have different base shapes:
-Pawn = round
-King & Queen = pentagon
-Bishop = hexagon
-Knight = heptagon
-Rook = octagon

We tested it and it's barely harder than with a regular chess set to tell the pieces apart :)

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This looks like it took a ton of work! Awesome job. Could these be done in abs on a polyprinter? Any info on time per piece?

Hey, thank you sch00f for sharing this great job of yours !
A friend of mine lost a king of his regular chess set and he'll be happy to have a Pokemon version of it (+ his kids would love even more to play chess ^^)
So I printed a king base and i'm about to print Mewtwo but : no matter Cura or Slic3r there are three unwanted objects under the tail, a rectangle based column from the flat base to the tail plus two blocks hanging from the tail adding nothing to the structure.. Is this here for any reason i miss ?

Hi Julien
Just wanted to let you know that there's now a Mewtwo without supports :)

Hi Julien
Those are manual supports that I added because I couldn't get my slicer to support the tail right...
I will upload a Mewtwo without the supports later today.

Thanks for the praise :)

Great chess set, I created a printable pegboard display specifically for it if anyone is interested:


Pokemon Chess Set Pegboard Display

I've been having problems printing Mewtwo his hand at his side has no support so it doesn't print. I've tried cura as well and it puts support everywhere so when I try to take it apart he breaks

Did you try it with Slic3r?

I've tried searching for Slic3r but I can't find whatever program it is. I've used cura and the program my robo 3d came with which is matter control


Prusa Edition should also work with different printers

so the program my printer came with is called matter control, i just found a slicer program in it called Slic3r. it printed it the same way cura did with too many supports. :\

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That si sooooooooooooooooo cool! :D

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I printed them in 200% .I found ears, tails were not attach to the main body.
I really like the model and they are all so detail which I really want to scale them up.

Some slicers have problems with the geometry of the models, you can try a different slicer (I recommend Slic3r Prusa Edition), or try one of thr remixes which fixes most of the geometry errors :)

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I have huge problems with this filament:(((. Sorry for all these questions, but maby you had similar problems and can help. Every second print fail because outside/around the nozzel forms a big drop (see pic). You know how to fix this ??

Rotate 90 degrees and slice again, you got a gcode error.

No, I have never seen something like this :(
Maybe contact the manufacturer and ask them for help?
Does your printer have a part cooling fan?

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Great Job ! Which filament did you use (brand/colour) ?

Thanks :)
It was printed in Extrudr Fichte, a Woodfill PLA:

Thank you!
Did you use just the "Extrudr Fichte" and paint it or did you use a second filament for the darke figures?

Both were sanded and stained, although the light ones with a very watered down stain.
The dark ones were stained about 3 times because the plastic didn't soak up the color as good as i imagined it would...

one more question. it is not possible for me to print the material. Always faild. i bought the "Extrudr Fichte". Which settings did you use for printing ? (Temp. and Speed)??

Does it clog the nozzle?
That always happened with my printer.
I used a 0.5mm hardened steel nozzle, because the woodfill is too abrasive for brass nozzles.
I found that lower temperatures are better, because at higher temperatures the wood starts to char and will clog the nozzle.
185-190°C and 40-60mm/s worked for me.
It still failed to print sometimes, but that was because of the complicated geometry of some of the models...
I'd recommend starting with the bases, and when you have the settings dialed in you can start with the Pokemons.

Good luck and feel free to ask more questions if you run into any other problems :)

Ahh ok. I have just a 0.4mm/brass nozzle. I will buy a 0.5mm/steel nozzle.
Thanks a lot! :))

as you created table chess ?

Hi, I don't really understand your question :S
If you mean the chess board, I made it myself from 64 small squares glued to a base and with a frame glued around it to hide the edges.

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Love You Bro !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love you too ;-* <3

Thank you, sch00f, nice set. nice in wood.
i print 7 pokemons and 3 of them broken. Slicer fold! Warning! Bad slicing in simplify 3d. Empty volumes in places where hand or legs or tail connecting to body! But Cura complite good slicing for this stl files. in this case recomend use Cura.

There is also a remix which should fix most of the errors in the 3d models.
I didn't really care much about fixing them because Slic3r had no problem with them...

Really awesome set, and a very finished impressive result with the woodfill. It must have taken a lot of time to do all of the finish work on the pieces. Nicely exemplifies what is possible with the combination of automation (3d printing) and craft (hand finishing) and that they are not antagonistic of each other.

Thank you :)
You're absolutely right, sanding & staining took at least half of the time that I worked on this.

Nice work!
What size should I scale them for a normal chess board?

Thanks! No idea ^^'
I scaled them to 75% for my selfmade chess board which has 36x36mm tiles, if I remember correctly...

Awesome work sch00f, added a simple remix that just repaired majority of the pokemon meshes. There were only 2-3 actual pokemon that were fine but couldn't remember which they were. So if anyone is having issues printing complete models, check the remix out.

Hey that's great, thanks :)

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Do the chess pieces need to be printed with support? Also what resolution and infill do you recommend?

If your printer isn't magic support is deffinitely neccessary ;P
I printed them at 0.15mm layer height with 20% infill.

These are truly amazing. I look forward to each print. Thank you very much for your work.

Is there anyway you can put a file for the individual bases? My print area is to small to hold the whole thing.

Hey, it took me a bit longer than expected, but I uploaded all the individual base parts.

Thanks a lot, waiting on a part to fix my printer anyway!

I'll upload them later this week, in the mean time you can either split them in your slicer or in a 3d editor.

Attempting a print of this set... no matter how I slice it.. Jiggly Puff seems to miss a large section of his hair... Looks good in the slicer but across 3 prints he's looking like he's got a beak. The GF really wants this.. :)

***UPDATE: Ran the model through Slic3r which said it added 34 facets and reversed 27 of them..imported to Cura and generated gCode.... a low quality print now seems to print the missing areas.

Hey, it's awesome that you're printing it :D
Some, if not most of the models do have some problems with their geometry, like inverted normals and what not, but I got them all to print nicely with Slic3r...
Except the fire on Rapidash's back, no matter what I did to it, it still had some holes...

Very nice looking, but this would be infuriating to actually try and play with. One of the first requirements for a functional chess set is being able to tell at a glance what the pieces are. Having to count the number of sides doesn't fit this requirement well. Your brain power in chess should be strategy, not trying to figure out which unit is which.

Must be one helluva friend! This is glorious!

Pokemon chess set - I choose you!

Hell yeah, she's one of my best friends and best human beings I've ever met :)

lol you spent a lot of time on this, i hope she knows how much you like her lol yeah i agree with the minor annoyance of remembering which piece is which but this is still AWESOME!!!!! dont let the critics bother you. you put in a lot of time and effort into designing and creating this and it came out perfectly. if i did this id simplify the identification but that means less variety of poks. wow i really want this, 38 and i like pokemon lol

Is it set up so that you can use any pokemon on any base?

Great work man this came out beautifully.

Its beautiful, but I find that it might be difficult to remember what some of the pieces are. I can see it very plausible that a player would mistake growlith and horsea for pawns of a starter pokemon for the knight or bishop. That's my only criticism and is otherwise a beautiful chess set and one of my favorites.

Thanks for your feedback :)
I just added this to the description, the pieces have different bases, pawn/round, king&queen/pentagon, etc.
Hope this helps a bit :)

wow!!!! nice work there mate!