Preparing a Slicing Plan for 3D Printing Chain Mail Starting With a Subtractive Model #3dthursday

Dsc07995 chain mail as built

Some thoughts on rethinking a classic chainmail printed object from Thingiverse with some CAM-specific tuning to improve printing and success with resulting material from Ed Nisley:

This is a subtractive version of Zomboe’s Chainmail, built by removing chunks from a solid rectangle the size of one link, until what’s left is, indeed, a single link.

The pillars in the original model weren’t nearly large enough; Slic3r omitted them from the G-Code. They’re now as wide as the bars and √2 times that width long, which means they actually get a bit of fill.

Then a pair of nested loops replicates that link across the entire fabric.

That technique didn’t work with Skeinforge (because it sent the nozzle scampering all over each layer, knocking things loose) and it didn’t work with Slic3r 0.9.8 (because it had problems with bridges), but Slic3r 0.9.10, hot from github, produced good results. [See Above.]

Read more about his experiments and slicing tricks for this model per on his blog.

Chain mail link subtractive

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