Extensible Chainmail

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Extensible Chainmail by emmett Apr 2, 2013
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This simple chainmail is intended to be as quick and easy to print as possible, hence the square links and straight bridges. The one pictured here is striped because it was ditto-printed (an option in the Sailfish firmware to print simultaneously with both nozzles). This single print filled the whole Replicator build platform, but took just over an hour.

This chainmail is extensible because the links along two edges are open, which allows you to knit other pieces of chainmail onto them them. You can see in one photo where I turned the sheet into a tube this way.


The included STL is meant to be ditto-printed, hence the three separate sets of chainmail 33mm apart. If you're not set up for ditto printing, you can output a continuous piece in Customizer, or adjust for different nozzle spacing. You can change other parameters as well, but if you make the thickness too large, you'll just end up with a solid plate.

I sliced this with the MakerWare medium default settings with two changes: 3 shells and 0.25mm layers. This ensures it doesn't try to infill where there's not enough space and also makes sure you end up with the right number of layers everywhere. I used PLA with a big fan, printing on cold blue tape over kapton. Make sure your platform is extremely level and your first layer is just squished enough. This printed without a single link failing.

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Does this still work with the current Customizer? I didn't see a input component for 'ditto'.

I’m wondering if you couldn’t print a half a link while printing the rest of a whole mesh. Then move the rest of it once it’s finished so theat the next print can link over to the halfies that we’re printed with the first batch

how do i put them together?

im new to 3d printing. about to get a printrbot jr v2. how do i put the chainmail together like in the pictures? the files seem to show it as seperate three chunks.

i want to make a curtain out of this :)

Read the instructions, then click Open in Customizer. There you can output it all as one sheet if you want, at any desired size. I can't wait to see a picture of your curtain!

I cant figure how to make the customizer work properly... I just want one sheet, 150x150 wtih no 'ditto', but no matter what combinations I try it wont work... any tips? (sorry for being a n00b!)

so u did this with makerware and sailfish???

About 10% of my links didn't stick to the bed, mostly in one corner. Probably because I'm not using blue tape. I switched to hairspray on kapton, and missed a spot.

Since I do not use my second extruder. Can I used customizer to create an entire bed (6 sections to print at once?)

Yeah, try out customizer. If you disable ditto, it'll all print as one big sheet.


i might combine it with my shoulder plate armor later...