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This is a simple desk toy, and it requires only a pencil to operate.
If interested in purchasing the individual pieces for DIY assembly for a significantly reduced price (which is necessary if you own a desktop printer like a MakerBot Replicator), follow this link: https://www.redpah.com/product/348/deskorbe-v2-0-pieces
This design uses 7 independent gears to allow the inner spiral to rotate in the opposite direction as the outer casing, but along the same axis. Watch the video below to see how it works.
NOTE: this piece can be printed as a single object or as separate pieces that can then be assembled, follow the link above.
This DeskOrbe is the evolution of my first ever design a few months back when I first learned to use AutoCAD in high school. While at first glance only serving the purpose of a desk toy, this design was made to catch your eye and interest you in discovering the possibilities of 3D printing, a field which is crucial to the advancement of technology and industry, yet still somewhat unheard of to the general public. The caged design accentuates the fact that this piece is too complex to assemble using traditional methods, yet can be printed as a single, working part using a basic 3D printer. The user interface is designed so that anyone, anywhere, of any age, can use it; after all, all you need is a pencil. Overall, the significance of this piece is that it symbolizes the amazing complexities that even a beginner designer can bring to life through through Shapeways and the revolutionary high resolution capabilities of a Form 1 printer. This concept is important in our day and age, because by making 3D printing more accessible to creative minds, greater results can be collectively achieved. With a Form 1 printer, I would be able quickly and accurately fix the nuances found with such a complex design as the DeskOrbe v2.0, and ensure that my final consumer product is error free and user friendly. With Shapeways, I could implement different materials that would otherwise be unavailable or extremely expensive to me; this design would look even slicker with a metallic shine.