Friday, May 16, 2014

Splitting the die

Got a fun job on MakeXYZ for a family d10, a 10 sided dice with the names of the members of this family on each side. They wanted it in blue, I offered to make it in glow-in-the-dark blue I got from Craig at Addicore, because glow-in-the-dark is at least 20% cooler.

The initial print did not go well. The overhangs were just too much to print reliably. So I scratched my head a bit. Should I risk supports? would rotating it help or hinder supports? You should know I avoid supports when I can. Then I realized that this particular D10 would split in 2 fairly easily. Here's a video explaining how I did it:


The final result printed like a champ. Each of the names are readable. It's just pretty all over. And did I mention it glows in the dark? 20% cooler. Because that's what you get when you hire me to print for you.

Not all models will split as nicely as this one and sometimes maybe using a cube and the Boolean operation is the best choice. Leave me a comment if you'd like to see that or if you have a technique that you employ wen you want to split a print.

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