I had a bit of a neat thought and I was wondering what some of the folks here might think.
I was looking at doing some hex scales on my 3D printer:
I’ve made myself a metal scalemail shirt in the past and when I saw the following image I thought it would be cool to reproduce it using hex scales.
I started reading the comments on the project and it looks like a lot of the problems people are having is with how fragile it could be after being printed.
I was thinking “you know what. I’ve got a laser coming in a few months. I bet hard wood and acrylic would be a lot sturdier than extruded plastic.”
Now here comes the question of the thread. How? There are a lot of smart people here and I thought this could be something cool to share in the design of. I figured given enough design know how and trial and error we could come up with a way to create a single hex tile that when fully lasered (either single side or two side engrave) could be linked to another, and so on and so on until you’ve formed a full sheet.
As a side question. What inspiration, if any, do you folks plan on taking from existing 3D printer designs? I know I’ve designed a few board game tiles I’d love to use the 3d engrave functions of the Glowforge to reproduce