Guest Curator Emmett Lalish has this to say about this 3DxMechanicals project: “This is why I love Thingiverse: I post a snap-assemble design, then someone figures out how to print it pre-assembled. It definitely pushes the boundaries of what’s printable and how the slicers work. This is how we push the technology forward.”
A print-in-place folding fidget cube, with customization options for size, shape, and clearances. As you fold the cube it turns inside out to form another cube! Makes a nice gift or 3D-printing demo, and is fun to fidget with while on the bus, standing in line, etc.
This model prints in ONE PIECE (!), fully assembled, without raft and without supports, and then you snap it open in a couple of places until it moves freely; see the instructions.
Files for the five models shown in the picture are included, and all printed well on a Replicator 2 with MakerWare set to .2mm/standard. The yellow one is made of cube pieces and the rest are snub. The white one is stiffer and the others are fairly loose. See the “Makes” for settings on each of the five example models. But even better, customize your own with the Customizer link!
For a video illustrating how this type of cube folds and moves, see emmett’s great separate-pieces design here, which was the inspiration for this model.