This is a simple “puzzle” of a star confined inside a cage. Because the star and cage is “print in place”, there is actually no way of removing the star out of the cage, unless the cage is broken. This is intended to be a simple demo toy of how 3D printing can be used to have non-touching independent parts confined inside another.
Ideally, I wanted to design something that does not require a support, but it seems that the star has an over hang that is slightly too steep for some printers. It might be possible to print it without a support, but I was not able to get away without using a support.
This could be a gift for someone who doesn’t know much about 3D printing, or a fidgeting toy for children.
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