Beryl crystal structure (a.k.a. FCS nightmare)

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by mkroeker, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    This probably caused some headaches at shapeways, although it came out very nice in the end. I have not yet mustered the courage to inquire about the number of reprints necessary to achieve this, but I doubt that it was straightforward even though I made the connecting spheres bigger than I would have liked...
    The model shows a section of the crystal structure of the mineral beryl (named aquamarine or emerald as a gemstone) in the polyhedral representation commonly used in solid state chemistry where ball-and-stick models would quickly become too confusing. (The red tetrahedra each contain a silicon atom in the center, while there is an aluminum atom inside the blue octahedra and beryllium in the green polyhedra. All vertices are occupied by oxygen atoms - the red spheres.)
    I have left off the oxygens on the outside of the model as they would have added more weight to the more or less free-standing polyhedra and would have had a high probability of breaking off or crumbling away themselves - hopefully recent developments like the ProJet4500 will make printing similar models easier in the near future.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2013
  2. EricHo
    EricHo Well-Known Member
    This is geometrically mesmerizing on the eyes. Very cool!
  3. MitchellJetten
    MitchellJetten Shapeways Employee CS Team
    Looks awesome!

    I see this in the delta 3 times:

    "Reprint as 853685B at SPE Reason: Broken Cleaning"

    4th time it was fine :D
  4. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Thank you for the feedback. Obviously I had not truely appreciated the "evil" sandcastle rule and the somewhat unexpected fragility of "raw" FCS prints before I tried this. And rest assured that I will not try to offer it for sale here, or otherwise try to bankrupt shapeways through repeat orders of it. :)
    Now if there was a multicolor material that did not require this diligent post-processing that seems diametrical to high-throughput printing...