During my stay as an Artist in Residence at Instructables I was able to witness firsthand how awesome 3D printing can be. I was surprised how exciting it was, because I had never used any 3D design programs or seen a 3D printer in action. There's a certain thrill about pulling your creation out of the printer for cleaning and seeing it exactly as you had designed it on the computer. One thing I found especially exciting about 3D printing is the ability to print movable parts and joints without any assembly required after they are printed.
Therefore, it was a goal of mine to 3D print something
before I left the Pier. I didn't end up doing this project until my last day because I was occupied with my main project, but that didn't make it any less exciting.
This Instructable will show how I 3D printed a modular series of ball and socket joints. It has no practical use in its present form, but it is fun to play with! The concept itself could be applied to a range of awesome projects in the future.
Link to the *.123dx model: https://www.dropbox.com/s/qwp8jvsp9kni7sr/ball%20and%20socket.123dx
Link to the *.stl model: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8i03tu7jw7yay8z/ball%20and%20socket.stl