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October 16, 2014 AT 8:00 am

3D Design Tips – How to Design and 3D Print Chainmail and Other Interlocking Parts #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Here’s a mini-masterclass in designing for 3D printed interlocking parts from Roxy Maas of i.materialise. (via fabbaloo)

How to Design and 3D Print Chainmail and Other Interlocking Parts:

On recent visits to the 3D Printshow in London and Maker Faire New York, many people asked how we made our 3D printed chainmail samples. This structure looks complex, but is actually shockingly simple to make— and a great newbie design project!

This is also a good example of interlocking or “nested” parts, which are often used for 3D printed jewelry, mechanical structures, and some complex dolls/action figures. It can also be used to make cosplay and LARP costumes or props. Our Materials page has the latest information about which 3D printing materials can handle interlocking parts….

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