3D Printed Chess Piece Models
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
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.
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
bishop.stl.zip1 MB
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
king.stl.zip7 MB
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
knight.stl.zip1 MB
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
pawn.stl.zip2 MB
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
queen.stl.zip2 MB
3D Printed Chess Piece Models
rook.stl.zip2 MB
 
 

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