I made it at TechShophttp://techshop.ws
This is a custom 2-color game piece. It was designed in Autodesk Inventor 2013, imported to Makerware, and printed on the Makerbot Replicator 2x using ABS plastic.
My original plan was to make a set of Xiangqi
pieces using this method, but at approximately 20 minutes printing time per piece, printing a 32 piece set doesn't seem very practical. So now it's a custom monopoly game piece... or whatever you want it to be.
This was also an experiment to figure out the best way to design something in Inventor to be printed in two colors using the Makerware software and Replicator 2x - the process isn't as straightforward as you might expect. To print using both extruders Makerware requires a separate object for each extruder. If one of these two objects is not in contact with the platform, as in this case, keeping the objects properly aligned for printing can cause difficulties, particularly if they have been rescaled. The two objects that make up this piece include a common base so they can be aligned using the CENTER and ON PLATFORM commands in Makerware. This common base is extremely thin (.00001), so it is not printed.
This is my first project using any of this software or the printer - if I did anything in a dumb way please give me some tips!