Printing a surface made up of thin faces

Discussion in 'Design and Modeling' started by evouga, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. evouga
    evouga New Member
    I recently published a paper on designing surfaces that are stable under gravity:

    I would now like to take an example of a surface designed on the computer, and realize it in real life. In particular, I would like to print the surface on the right of Figure 1.

    To do this I would need to print two parts:
    a) A single (hollow) volume, representing the space between the surface in Figure 1 and the floor. This piece will be used as a scaffolding for constructing the surface.
    b) All of the faces of the surface. As you can see, there are about 100 pieces. I will then assemble the pieces into the structure shown in Figure 1.

    Can this be done using shapeways? Can I upload the pieces as a single .obj file containing disconnected volumes? Is there a way of easily labeling each piece (to ease putting the surface together afterwards)?
    JACANT Well-Known Member
    What size did you actually want? Is it a scaled model?
    The maximum 'Bounding Box' for SWF is 660 x 350 x 550mm
    Have you got a .obj file of the structure?