One of the problems with modeling vaults, especially with 3D printing, is the many small pieces either don’t print right or get mistaken for other pieces. A new idea is to use fabric infused with the printing process to keep all the pieces intact and grouped together. This may help the modeling a much smother experience and allow for demonstration by quick disassembly and reassembly.
Working on the life counter again. I tried printing a smaller one with larger gaps but it still wouldn’t move. For the next go around, I reworked how the counter operated. The goal was to make the counter assemble-able instead of a one shot print. I split the base in two and made the discs sit on a star-shaped rod.
This worked wonderfully! the counter actually is functional now. However the base is a little flimsy, which will be fixed with a thicker bottom. Overall, this iteration turned out pretty good. I am hoping to make a variation of the counter for another card game that would need four place holders, which may pose a challenge.
RhinoVault is a plug in for Rhinoceros that allows for creation of vault structures that work in compression. We have been working with Rhinovault in my building shop class to learn about modern compression structures. For the final assignment we were to 3D print a vault we had designed with RhinoVault.
Rhinovault -> http://block.arch.ethz.ch/brg/