3D Printed Chess Piece Models

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Introduction: 3D Printed Chess Piece Models

One of the perks of working for Autodesk is occasionally getting to try out fancy-shmancy new software before the public. I recently got the opportunity to play with such a piece of design software, and used it to make this chess set.

Why 3D print a chess set? Can't you just buy a chess set?

Well, this solved a few problems for me. For starters, I have been running an event every week called 3D Printing Thursdays and wanted to print out something that demonstrated some of the basic capabilities of the 3D printers we use. I also wanted to print out something that gave the people at the workshop something to do while they waited an hour or two for a print to complete. And, of course, demonstrating the design capabilities of Autodesk software is always encouraged of me.

This project took about a day to get from design to physical object. With the attached files, you should be able to get to physical object in or around the same time-frame; assuming you have an ABS extruder at your disposal.

These pieces were printed on an Objet Connex 500 model, which allowed me to print each set in a different material. I printed one in gray plastic, another in black rubber, and the third set with a frosted clear resin.

Once I had the pieces, I needed a chess board. I considered 3D printing a chess board, but that seemed slightly excessive. Instead I decided to etch the chess board with a laser cutter (which somehow seemed less excessive). I basically etched the protective coating off of a clear piece of acrylic, painted the etched part black, and then peeled the remainder of the coating.

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"Why 3D print a chess set?"

So you can make this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capablanca_chess

Nice Chest Set I Enjoy Chest It Is The Thinking Mans Game To Solutions of life !!!

nice and clean surface ... how you do that ?

I am working on an etched acrylic piece of my own. What kind of paint did you use on it?

acrylic paint

almost 2 months over and I still didn't receive my 3D prints :(

How do you make the king's + hang down on the sides? What supports them during printing?

The Objet printers I am using add a support layer. It is kind of this gummy material it uses to build up to the actual object. I then have to power wash it off.

Just out of curiosity, you have a professional 3D printer or one of those DIY 3D printers (RepRap).
By any chance you know what material it is?

It's an Objet printer. Very pro. It's a UV curing resin.