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Chainmail by walter Jan 29, 2013

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Experimental chainmail. You can download and print one of the example files, or download the script to generate a custom size. The chainmail in the pictures is printed 1.2 or 1.5 times the default size.

-- Afinia H480*

-- Octave Gold ABS
-- Afinia Orange ABS

*affiliate link


To generate a custom size, you can try using the 'chainmail v1-0.scad' and 'links.stl' files, but it tends to crash when I try running it with larger values.

Print without support material.

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Dear Mr. Walter

This is Yoshimi for DeAgostini Japan (publisher). We are publishing weekly magazine called My 3D printer. And we would like to use your image http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:45203 for our magazine. Would you please let us have your permission for this? We await your soonest reply (terribly sorry that our deadline is next week...).

*For credit, Walter is OK?

Thank you very much indeed for your cooperation.

Best regards
Yoshimi Ichikawa
K.K. DeAgostini Japan

by walter

Nice, but what is it or what can it do xD

This was a super build and done on a makerbot mini.

keep up the very cool ideas.

Reducing the .stl detail significantly reduces the render time

Nice design, where is this used?

you should mke a 2 part snap togeather link for putting togeather sheets. AWE YEAH 3d printed shirt

Brilliant, Walter. I have tried unsuccessfully and repeatedly to print this with Repetier/Slic3r for a while now but suddenly, the new Repetier, which now allows the Cura engine to be used allows my machine to print this beautifully. Excellent OpenSCAD work. Keep it up!

hi! can you print x amount of layers to reach a cube to have multiple pieces printer overnight instead of multiple layers per single hours?

I printed OK with no support, using ABS on a heated bed. However, I had trouble with the openscad results. It seems the coordinates of the single link image link.stl have gotten shifted, so the end rows no longer interlink!
To fix this, I had to change the program by adding one translate, so it now reads like this:
module loadLinks() {
import("link.stl", convexity = 6);

Be careful, as it's easy to change the coordinates of the link.stl just by printing it (moving it on the platform) or perhaps even viewing it in certain software. I downloaded a fresh copy to be sure I hadn't screwed it up myself before I added the translate above. (And, I had--but this correction works with the link.stl as freshly downloaded.)

What slicer do you use? ReplicatorG/Skeinforge takes a long time. As in a LONG TIME. Thanks!

Could you print with a little gap in the links on the edge and thread two sheets together? The gap could be plugged with a piece of filament and soldering iron, perhaps...

really cool!! Thank you for sharing.

looks very covering,

About how long does it take to print the 12x8 version of this on a Replicator 2?

on my ultimaker 2 at 50mm/s at .1mm layer height and a raft it took about 5 hours and 15 minutes

Btw, My OpenSCAD takes forever to generate this kind of stuff. I'm on 2 x 8 core machine with 3.2 GHZ, and 32 GB of RAM. Why is OpenScad so ridicously slow? All it's doing is making an array of 10x10 (100 pcs) of an STL file. I can't believe it.

this would be cool if I didn't know how to make it myself with real metal rings faster then the print lol. still very creative idea and it flows nicely. I might be inclined to make some fancy patterns that people can print out as well!

Your photo looks great! What printer do you use?

Thanks! It was printed in ABS with the Afinia H-Series 3D Printer.

A $1300 printer made THAT? Wow! Maybe my printrbot stands a chance haha. I was expecting problems with the bridging but who knows, maybe it'll be fine. Time to see...

Humm Afinia software only lets you turn the support down to 10%, unless you've found a way to turn it off completely? Or you're using some other software perhaps?

Either way I'm looking forward to trying this out!

My guess is when he created this, he spent a bunch of time picking out support. :) However, in the latest version of the software (1.20, available from http://pp3dp.compp3dp.com for the Up! Plus) you can change the "Support Area" to "Base Only" and it will not generate any support beyond the raft. So printing things like chain-mail are pretty easy now. The bridging is really pretty good too. I've printed http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:91831http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... on my Afinia and it worked great.

Chainmail coaster

So you've been using the pp3dp software for the Afinia? No problems with that? Definitely looking for an alternative to the Afinia software. It crashes constantly on my Mac.

Yeah, they're the exact same printer (and software). Afinia rebrands it and offers their own support. They tend to log on software releases compared to the main company (even though they end up releasing the exact same software), so whenever there are new features I want to try out I download it there (http://pp3dp.compp3dp.com). No problems whatsoever doing this. Also, there are some great user forums over there too.

However, the Mac version on both sides lag A LOT compared to the windows version. So the features I've described I don't think are available for the Mac yet. I run the Windows software in a VM (VMWare to be specific) on my Mac since I just couldn't deal with the 2nd class citizen stuff. :)

Ahhh that makes so much more sense, them rebranding the machine. I was also wondering about the forums, I'll have to check out the pp3dp ones.

VM is a good idea, I think I'm gonna try that today actually.

Printed the 1x1, pretty neat! Going to try the 4x3 next.