This is a simplified chess set with a portable carrying case. Pieces and board is designed to be fitted with magnets and steel panels to securely transport and keep pieces on the board. The game board is designed to be small yet comfortable to play. The game board is 180mm x 180mm but can easily be scaled up as needed (Full box is 200mm x 200mm).
I designed the pieces to be a simplified Staunton yet follow the overall curves while still being easily identifiable. In retrospect, I think I would have preferred printed this without magnets and designed the box to appropriately retain the pieces.in place. I'll most likely design another version that is made strictly without magnets and possibly designed for multi-material capable printers.
Here are my materials used:
- PLA+ from eSUN
- Neodymium Magnets: Holes are made to accomodate 1/2" diameter x 1/16" tall disc (Warning - These things are crazy powerful and can shatter if they collide rapidly)
- Steel sheet 16 Gauge thick (about 1.6mm, must treat to avoid rusting unless using stainless steel)
- Dowel rod (steel/stainless/brass... whichever material you prefer. I ended up printing my rod instead)
- Paint for steel board (Optional post-processing for pieces/board below)
- Felt for bottom of pieces (this is important as it adds space between the sheet metal and magnet, and also makes moving the pieces more comfortable while protecting the magnets)
---Change Log: 5-13-2018---
The Magnets I used are CRAZY strong which causes the entire board to lift when moving pieces. The pieces also attract to each other so i had to do some simple design changes to the board to Improve the design. I'm not super happy with the final box design as it requires you to print with lots of supports unless you have multi-material and wish to insert the steel plate during the print but it will have to do. As a quick note, avoid encapsulating magnets inside of prints as it can pop-out and attach to the nozzle or mess up your bed sensor.
Animated Box Hinge
New Box is uploaded with pin an hinge Assembly and print instructions below!
---Change Log: 5-15-2018---
Updated Hinge to prevent hinge wobble. It wasn't worth the price of making it have curved design.
---Change Log: 5-16-2018---
My Print is complete and I've swapped the box model to have an exposed pin (in case you need to remove it later). I've also set this as a completed project (no longer work in progress).
0.10mm for pieces but 0.15 works ok too
30% for pieces, 20% for box. (I like Cubic pattern)
- King, Queen, Rook, Bishop and pawn require supports (but only on build plate)
- Knight requires support (ensure support on build plate only is disabled)
- Box: if you wish to print a magnetic version and do not have multi-material, checkerboard side up with supports. (If you have multimaterial and do not wish to print a magnetic version, print checkerboard down with supports only for the external fillet)
Fill/sand, paint, coat
- I used 2 in 1 filler spray paint with each of the pieces and Bondo glazing/spot putty for the larger problems on the chess board/box.
- Apply and sand as needed to get a flat continuous coat. Make sure to not loose the details on the chess pieces (especially on the gaps on bishop and rook)
- paint pieces, board and steel panels with your color of choice. I kept it simple using a matte spray color
- Coat with a sealing enamel or top coat in a can (I prefer a glossy finish)