Why buy a chess set when you can just make one! It's easy and free to download or model your own and 3D print it at home. In this instructable we will go over where to find or how to make base geometry using Autodesk 360 Fusion or the Autodesk 123 Gallery. Then how to clean and prep the meshed for printing using Autodesk Meshmixer, and finally how to use 123D Make to decimate and customize the tesselation of any mesh surface. The pieces will then be printed on a Type A Machines 2014 Series 1.

I'm using this process here to make a simple chess set here but it's an incredibly powerful toolchain that could be used to do all sorts of interesting meshy tesselations.

Step 1: Gather Supplies and Download Programs

First you will need to gather the required supplies.

You will need:

1 Type A Machines Series 1 3D Printer (or any other 3d printer)

1KG of black PLA filament

1KG of white PLA filament

And download the following free programs:

Autodesk Fusion360

Autodesk 123D Make


If you want to make the board as well you will need:

Adobe Illustrator

A Laser Cutter

Some plywood to cut

Look good
<p>Very cool! Thanks for sharing with the community. I made my own decimated chess set last year with Zbrush and Modo. Check it out when you get a chance. I would love your feedback.</p><p><a href="http://3doftom.blogspot.com/2013/11/3d-printed-chess-set.html" rel="nofollow">http://3doftom.blogspot.com/2013/11/3d-printed-che...</a></p>
<p>Thats awesome!</p>
<p>Board and a few pieces are incorrectly set up. But thx for sharing.</p>
<p>Super cool!</p>

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