This thing is a fully customizable kit to print plates and bricks for custom brick-images. The images consist of small bricks of different sizes that are placed on a grid. With this kit you are able to print all necessary parts by yourself. If you print the bricks in different Color you can create nice-looking multi-color images. The result is great for kids as it is fun to assemble pictures with it. You can even create image templates from your own Images by using websites like http://www.pictobrick.de/en/pictobrick.shtml.
The idea behind this thing belongs to a company in germany called "Ministeck" (www.ministeck.de).
See what you can do with this here: http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Datei:Ministeck-still_life.JPG&filetimestamp=20081113201711
This Thing is still a Work in Progress as my Printer currently is down - so I can't check if everything prints like it should. But the parts are small - so you don't have much to loose trying it. ;)
EDIT 17:42: There has been a little bug in the scad-file which lead to wrong stick-hole-correspondance. It should be corrected now.
To make use of this kit simply take the pre-assembled stl-files. If you encounter problems printing them, need different sizes or amount or want to have special variations try the customizer.
Printing the parts may be challenging as they are quite small. It may be easier printing more bricks at once as they then have more time to cool down. Using a fan, lowering the speed or using the "cool"-feature in your slicer might help, too.
By using the customizer you have different options:
- Single Piece Size: defines the "top size" of a single one-brick (width and height, x and y). The smaller the more filigree (and more challenging). Bigger means easier to print but also less detail on the final Images.
- Block Thickness: defines the height of the "upper part" of the bricks. Make it thinner (smaller) to flatten the surface of the resulting Images.
- Stick Length: defines the length of the sticks that attach the bricks to the grid. Also defines the height of the grid when choosing the thing type "base plate".
- Thing type: defines which part you want to generate. You can choose between:
-> "complete block set": some bricks of all types
-> "base plate": the grid to attach the bricks to
-> "one-block": a single brick
-> "two-block": a two-sized brick
-> "three-block": a three-sized brick
-> "four-block": a quad-sized brick
-> "corner-block": a three-sized brick that "goes around the Corner"
-> "test set": a small set including all brick-types and a small base plate - use it to check whether the Settings work for your Printer or not.
- Base Plate X Count: defines how many holes the base plate should have in the x-direction. Only relevant if the thing type is set to "base plate".
- Base Plate Y Count: defines how many holes the base plate should have in the y-direction. Only relevant if the thing type is set to "base plate".
- How Many: allows to print multiple instances of all brick types and the "complete set" - not relevant for "base plate" and "test set"
If you have any question feel free to ask. Happy printing!