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Metabuckyballs [message #17259] Sat, 04 September 2010 14:58 UTC Go to next message
avatar richgain  is currently offline richgain
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It's the 25th anniversary of the Buckyball (thanks Google!) and how appropriate that my finest 3D printed Buckyball has just arrived.
I decided that the stick and ball models were a bit ugly and juxtaposed spheres were too dense, so decided to use metaball modelling in Blender to make my own models by hand. I tried three different thicknesses for the strut between the balls and consequently there are three different models available in the microcubology shop.

Metabuckyball was my first model and is a good general purpose model suitable for printing in all plastics.

Thin metabuckyball was my attempt at increasing the hole size and reducing the cost of the model. Again, only suitable for plastics.

Fat metabuckyball was specifically built for metal printing and I am delighted to report that it's a success.

You can also see the video of this print on YouTube to get an idea of the size.

Hope you like them as much as I do.
Rich Gain @ microcubology

"a wise man's tools are analogies and puzzles"
Röyksopp - Remind Me
Re: Metabuckyballs [message #17280 is a reply to message #17259 ] Sun, 05 September 2010 05:55 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Action_N  is currently offline Action_N
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VERY cool. XD

"And though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."

~ Ulysses
Re: Metabuckyballs [message #17484 is a reply to message #17259 ] Thu, 09 September 2010 11:23 UTC Go to previous message
avatar jeff  is currently offline jeff
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i dig it, very cool. looks great in alumide too. and the use of the iphone for a nice reflective black surface to photograph while showing scale is a nice touch. well done!

Jeff Bare
Industrial Designer

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