Heart gears on one plate

by Kerman, published

Heart gears on one plate by Kerman Mar 16, 2011

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Heart gears on one plate by Kerman is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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This is a derivative of emmett's wonderful heart gears. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6291 Same gears, but all of the gears are on one square plate, and can be scaled to print on a cupcake all at once!

How small can it go? lets find out!


The file contains original sized gears. If you have access to a printer with a large build platform this could be handy. Before printing, if scaled to 0.75 it will just barely fit on a cupcake bed. Make sure your platform is very centered (as you can see from the photos, watch your raft size!). the gears themselves are parametric, but for this method you will likely have to drill the holes to-size for whatever teeny screws you have around.

I normally do not print with a raft, but was having trouble getting the bottom right mini gear to stick. YMMV

This plate printed in 1hr on my cupcake. 1hr20m w/raft. @0.2 infill. The large heart is 6+ hours, as well as 9 start/stops.

The pictures show my trial run, with a slightly less than optimal arrangement. I have included a second, better, arrangement. but have not printed them yet. I made a point to take advantage of sneaking things off ledges, and under overhangs etc. so they can be scaled as large as possible, but still fit the platform.

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I'm using this one because with the one with the pins, the gears keep falling off.

This is the version without connector pins, it requires regular screws and bolts. the same size as the original item. I highly recommend trying to print the "new" version that has pins

where can i find the connector pins?

I neglected to read the "file contains original-sized gears" line before I started this print 3 hours ago. :/ Oh well!

Thanks for this; I'd just done similarly for the cube gears myself, but not as well (no chance it'd fit on a cupcake!).

Awesome, and with a stepstruder you won't even have to clean up the strings. Thanks.