Metabuckyballs

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by richgain, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. richgain
    richgain New Member
    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.
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    Metabuckyball was my first model and is a good general purpose model suitable for printing in all plastics.
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    Thin metabuckyball was my attempt at increasing the hole size and reducing the cost of the model. Again, only suitable for plastics.
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    Fat metabuckyball was specifically built for metal printing and I am delighted to report that it's a success.
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    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
     
  2. Action_N
    Action_N New Member
    VERY cool. XD
     
  3. jeff
    jeff New Member
    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!