Ball in a Box

by Parmsco, published

Ball in a Box by Parmsco Apr 11, 2013
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This is a simple ball in a box puzzle. The toy is classically made in wood, but a 3D printed one is almost as cool.

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This model was intended to be quite small so it is somewhat impractical to put in a globe, but it is not impossible to do so with a few modifications. If you wish to enclose a globe such as you would have on your desk, a 14-inch diameter or so, you would need access to an enormous printer to fit in the globe. In order for this to work, you would have to pause the print just before it begins to bridge the top surfaces. This will allow you to slip in the globe in a manner similar to how @mgg742 placed the coin in their "Coin in Sphere" model (Thing 135062). You would also need to remove the inner sphere to allow room for the globe; the attached .ipt file should be able to be modified to do this in many CAD programs. One last thing to think of, at this large scale, it may be best to print the cube oriented on one of its corners to mitigate bridging errors and droop.

Another way to put a "globe" in a box is to merge my model with a model of a globe such as the ones produced by MakerBot (Things 299782 and 31688). This can be done in two ways that I can think of. MakerBot provides their files in the .stl (The format used by slicers) and sometimes in the .skp (Sketchup) format. The first way to do this is with an STL editing program such as Autodesk SpaceClaim that allows you to directly merge and edit STLs. This is only really an option if you have access to the expensive program; otherwise, the second method may be better. The other way I can think of combining the two parts is directly in the slicer. Many slicers do not allow you to print overlapping parts but I remember finding one or two in the past that did. To do this you would load both models into your slicer and resize and drag the globe model into the box and print as usual. Let me know if you end up making a globe in a box, I would love to see it!