Customizable Hinged Polyhedra

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Customizable Hinged Polyhedra by mathgrrl Aug 25, 2014


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Hinged models of each of the five Platonic solids, for educational use. Each polyhedral net prints fully assembled with hinges intact and then snaps together to make a Tetrahedron, Cube, Octahedron, Dodecahedron, or Icosahedron.

The demo models are optimized for a Replicator 2 wtih .3mm layer resolution without raft or supports. If you have a different printer or want different sizes then use the Customizer to set your own size and tolerance values.

This was the last big model series on the print-something-every-day-for-a-year blog MakerHome:


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What temperature and infil would you recommend extruding the Icso? I am currently running on a Maker 2 at 235 C with normal white PLA, no rafts or supports, with 0.30 layer height and 15% infil. Also, do you recommend changing the shell number? I am set to 1 right now.

can u make a 3 or 5 frequency deodesic dome cusomizable hinged one? whereby in customizer i can change the frequency to 1, 3, 5, 7 etc?? plz..

The dodec was showing up wrong in the slicer so i fixed it with meshlab:


if you have time edit your files with this because it's the same but with a tighter mesh

corrected mathgrrl hinged dodec so it has fixed vertex edges

This is one of my most favorites! Nice job!!

I'm gonna print these as level tokens for the card game Munchkin. That way everyone can play with their levels when they don't have anything better to do :D

what a great idea! i'm definitely stealing that idea for our Munchkin game :)

I am addicted to printing the dodecahedrons. I simply can not stop. I have scaled them up to 1.5x and now in a fit of insanity have broken the STL up into its components and printing each face as large as it will fit on the bed. Where will it end?

Have you seen the poly-snaps at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:208591 ? I love the idea of maxing out the size of these. You could use the Customizer to make very large, but still thin/flat, versions.

Poly-Snaps: Tiles for Building Polyhedra

Now how did I miss those?

Thanks so much.
I toast to platonic solids