Companion Cube

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Companion Cube by gianteye Aug 21, 2009


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Since I'm on the subject of video games, why not the beloved Weighted Companion Cube? Forming emotional attachments to the cube is totally awesome when you print your own out on that FDM machine you've been using as a spare coatrack.


This is a medium resolution stl intended for FDM printing.

Do not burn it. It does in fact feel love.

EDIT I've discovered a few disturbing issues about my solidworks stl export utility. I've improved the bottom plane for better printing but am working on some odd scaling and orientation stuff that's getting spit out. Will be with you soon.

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what are the dimensions

If anyone makes an Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator, I'm gonna go all GLaDOS-Killer on them.

Shouldn't it have heart shapes on the sides?

It should, otherwise this is just a weighted storage cube.

I'm printing this right now, and it doesn't look like it's coming out too well. More specifically, the areas underneath that are not supported don't print well. I would suggest adding support structures underneath them. Also, when I skeinforged it for the first time, I realized it was insanely small. I opened it in blender and saw that it was 2.5 -millimeters-, not inches, so I scaled it up.

I'm kinda new to this but I've been using blender forever.....I cant figure out how to see dimensions in blender tho. what do you do?

Thanks. I'll open it up and fix.

By the way, I was printing on my MakerBot and gravity caused my problems. ;)
Anyways, I have discovered More problems with the file! It's still 1/10 as big as it should be, and it was rotated 90 degrees around the X-axis! The rotation problem is a known issue with Solidworks (or at least I've heard of it). I've fixed up the file and will print this new one eventually, but I don't know how well the upper corners of the build will fare, because they seem to droop a bit, too (
gt;45 degree overhang issue). I have picture of the old one somewhere...

Argh, I modeled this in Autocad from memory, and it's not as good as this one.
Curse you, for being so good. I need to get my printer working already.

Thanks. I did fudge the proportions just a bit to get it to build nicely in solidworks. It's funny how in the program you have to tread this line between doing a simple task a hundred times or an incredibly complex task in a scripted way to build even simple shapes.

Get that printer working. Get excited and make things!