Foldable Cube - Print Flat

by DesignMakeTeach Apr 17, 2013
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In the stl-file itself there is no material defined to connect the squares to each other.
As a workaround I added in the CAD-CAM-Software Cura an outline of 3 lines beginning at distance zero.

How about a version that has snap-in hinges build through small ball-joints?
something like this http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5545

Yazzo UClip Hinged

There is a 0.2mm skin on the model that connects the squares. You can zoom in on the Thingiview and see that everything is connected properly.

If it is not printing for you, then it may be that you have set a layer height in your slicer that is higher than 0.2mm.

I would enjoy trying your snap-in hinge model.

OK I understand. So I suggest you should add some words about how to print the 0,2mm hinge in the instructions.

In the meantime I found this thing

That's exactly what I meant with snap hinge. I'm not familiar with OpenSCAD or any other CAD-sofwtare to such things

Hi, I'm using Rhino and cannot seem to make holes in any of the surfaces! Can anyone help?

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I think that is a pretty cool design. Possible to either add solid sides to her design or possible add a dimple latch to mine.

Polyhedra - Hinged Nets and Snap Tiles

This is very clever! I wonder if it is possible to design latches on the inside surfaces so the box snaps into itself?!

Found that when printing this with MakerWare on a Makerbot that the folds are stronger if model is rotated 45 degrees on the build plate.

I would be interested in hearing how well other materials such as ABS or Nylon fold.

I have designed and printed a tetrahedron but need to fix a hole in the .stl and settle on the final scale. I want to be sure an LED throwie will fit inside. I have a page full of ideas using the foldable concept and will be slowly working on them between other instructional projects.

I plan on writing some lesson ideas for using the Foldable Cube in the classroom. I'll post an update when the article is up on the http://designmaketeach.comdesignmaketeach.com blog.

Are you going to do the rest of the platonic solids too?