Monday, March 7, 2011

Flexible Snake from Thingiverse

Sometimes it's exciting to build models like this Long Snake by Zomboe from Thingiverse, just to see how they adapt to the SD300's unusual material properties. This one was particularly easy to lay out on the build table with a single peeling cut running down the 'backbone' of each model.

I switched colors during the build to give the snake contrasting stripes.

After building, leftover support material tended to cling inside all the narrow slots so it required a little extra force to tear it free. It went quickly, but I had to pick a few stray pieces out of the cavities afterward.

Each snake has a flexible spine consisting of a 0.6mm wall running the length of the model. The concept could probably be applied to other arbitrary solids to make them springy and flexible.

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