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FUD chain maille [message #34194] Tue, 13 September 2011 09:53 UTC Go to previous message
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Teeny-tiny FUD chain maille.

This patch is more of a tester, just to see how things turn out when printed very small. There's 484 rings, which are made of 0.35mm 'wire' and have an internal diameter of 1.575mm giving an aspect ratio (AR) of 4.5. As printed, there's 0.1mm gaps between the rings, which as can be seen in the first 2 images, is filled with the support wax.

http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/chain-maille/images/0.35AR4.5maille-before-sml.jpg
Large image here

http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/chain-maille/images/0.35AR4.5maille-stiff-sml.jpg
Large image here

There's some deformation of the rings, and as can be seen in the image above, there's some print anomalies showing as small spikes on the edge of the sheet.

To get rid of the wax, I soaked the maille in Johnson's Baby Shampoo for an hour or so, and then dropped the sheet into an unltrasonic cleaner. The cleaner ran for about 8 minutes and the water became milky white with all the wax coming out. A change of water and another hit in the cleaner for a further 4 minutes finished the job as can be seen in the image below.

http://www.stop4stuff.com/shapeways/chain-maille/images/0.35AR4.5maille-after-sml.jpg
Large image here


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