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.
<p>&quot;Why 3D print a chess set?&quot; </p><p>So you can make this: </p><p>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capablanca_chess</p>
<p>Nice Chest Set I Enjoy Chest It Is The Thinking Mans Game To Solutions of life !!!</p>
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). <br>By any chance you know what material it is?
It's an Objet printer. Very pro. It's a UV curing resin.
nice chess set!!!.loooks great <br>
Nice Chess Set. <br> <br>FYI, in the last picture, your chess board is setup backwards. The white square should be on the bottom right when setting up the board. <br> <br>(White on Right) :) <br> <br>Cheers.
If you had to estimate, what would the cost of consumables alone be to make one of these sets? I really like the frosted clear and the black rubber, so go with those.
It would be pretty pricey. If you post a bunch of Instructables, you could probably swing it. I'd imagine you could maybe get a few pieces for each one:<br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/group/free3d/">http://www.instructables.com/group/free3d/</a>
Got an email from instructables for my free gift . I have sent you 3 emails containing the required files for printing,but the first 2 files were duplicate and sent by mistake. So I have sent you a final confirmatory mail. Please check and revert if the files are okay for printing and meet your requirement criteria.
Wow! That's awesome!! I would love to get into 3D printing like that. Super cool!
Nice, what are the shipping charges on that? I'm curious about seeing other 3D model printers. <br>
Shipping charges?
I mean how do we collect printed object?
Surprised you didn't make it an ibles themed chess set. Robot files are there for your pawns. Kiteman could have been a bishop, if only he believed. I'm sure the others have their heads scanned in 123D.
You really want that commemorative ibles chess set, don't you. Maybe offer a proper English tea serving set in trade...
Yells across office - <em>Hey, Raaaaandy!</em>
Yeah. You want to learn to use the printers, right? ;-)
Indeed I do!
c'dad's right, Those cupboard door knobs could be adjusted to sit on pedestalls :D
Nice design!
can I get a fabulous deal on such a printer through you?
Post an Instructable and get a free print.
looks cool!

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