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Fidget Star


File descriptions:

  • fidget_star_standing_15_48.stl and fidget_snub_standing_15_48.stl are medium-sized models that print standing up, unfolded. One is a stellated rhombic dodecahedron on the fun side, and the other is a cube with corners cut down.
  • fidget_star_closed_15_48.stl and fidget_snub_closed_15_48.stl are like the above, but print closed up.
  • fidget_star_standing_30_2_50.stl is a larger model with 30mm cubes, so a folded height of about 60mm and a standing height of about 120mm. It takes about 4-5 hours to print.

If you choose one of the "closed" designs then it will print folded up, with the cube side out. After printing you'll be able to open it up and see the star. If the closed version doesn't work on your printer, then try the "standing" assembly instead, which prints while folded open. If you need to make other adjustments to size or clearances, try the Customizer version.

If you want to print this model larger or smaller, then don't just scale up or down the model as a whole. Instead, use the Cusomizer to change the cube height, but preserve the hinge size.

I've found that a hinge clearance of .48 is optimal for MakerBot Replicator 3D printers. Other printers may need more or less hinge clearance. If your hinges are fused together, first make sure that you've turned supports OFF. After that you might try adjusting hinge clearance.

After printing, horizontal hinges will sometimes have some sag underneath; clipping this off before attempting to open the model will help increase your chances of success.