For Halloween I decided to play with printable chainmail fabric geometries for costume ideas.
I saw that most chainmails and fabrics on the Thingiverse are either very difficult to print or require far too much cleaning and supports.
So my challenge is to design fabrics that "print in place" and require minimal post printing clean-up.
While I have not succeed with a chainmail that is usable for clothing props yet, I sort of accidentally designed this geometry that prints well and can be used as a placemat due to its very high z axis compression strength.
Prints without supports with no post printing cleaning needed.
I intent to design derivatives of this geometry more suitable as cloth or armor, but this design is worth sharing I think.
I uploaded two variations of this 4 in 1 link geometry that I named "Ponte Vecchio" and "Castle Tower" due to the look of the links up close.
The .STL are coaster size at scale 1.
The "Castle Tower" has a very satisfying feel and heaviness to it when printed with 4 shells in PETG.
I believe 3D printing and design sharing can reduce the environmental impact of product packaging and shipping, save countless hours of engineering time, and accelerate innovation.
...and it is a lot of fun!!!
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