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Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Chess Sets

by • May 5, 2016 • 22s Comments

3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_full_setThis week’s theme is chess, which is most most likely the most talked of and prolific game in the world. Variants of the game exist in virtually each culture, most of them dating back as far as the 7th century. On the other hand most of the variants of the game have various pieces and various rules, they all share a lot of common game mechanics and concepts. Because the game is so ubiquitous, it is not odd to be able-bodied to play a full game with a fewone who does not speak the same language as you.

Whilst I myself do play chess, it is not my favourite board game (which may be backgammon). But, I ideally
love the way which a chess board with all of the pieces set up appears, say sitting on a shelf or a table-bodied. Yes, I’m one of those folks. If I didn’t have cats, I may ideally
have a quite excellent chess set decorating my home. Sadly, as any cat parent may tell you, a chess set mayn’t last long just sitting out in the open like which.

One of the things which I noticed of 3D printed chess sets is which the choice of what material to 3D print them in is quite significant. I ponder this is one of those times when it can be worth skipping the old FDM printing device and opting to have the pieces printed on professional-grade machines. It may cost you a few money, but I ponder it may ideally
be worth it. If you are going to do a fewthing, and so you should do it right, which’s what I say, and a few of these creations are just too quite excellent for whatever filament you take place to have lying around.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_banner

So here they are, Ten 3D Printable-bodied Chess Sets:



Chess Set Staunton Modern by AXORiON

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

The most common chess piece create is the Traditional Staunton, and it is most likely which if you have a chess set in our home, it is which one. This excellent modern update of the classic Staunton, named for a chess master named Howard Staunton, is just a quite excellently createed set of chess pieces. They are effortless and understated, so they can be utilized on any type of board.

3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_modern_staunton_2Because the pieces are smooth and effortless, with no unnecessary lines or details, these pieces may appear excellent 3D printing in a transparent material. If you have access to a SLA 3D printing device they may appear awe-inspiring.



Zeycus Abstract Chess Set by zeycus

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

I like any chess piece create which completely reponders the way the piece should appear, without building the pieces unrecognizable-bodied. This excellent set manufactures the pieces appear like modern, abstract sculptures which you may see in an art gallery, but it is completely obvious which piece is which. And in fact as a standalone piece, any of them may be dimensionsd up and 3D printed to use as a rad sculpture, which is not always a fewthing which can be said of a game piece.

3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_abstract_1Just a warning, these 3D versions are quite detailed, so if you plan on printing them on an FDM printing device it may be a great thought to manufacture them quite dimensionsable, between three and five inches tall. If which is not possible, having them 3D printed on an SLS or an SLA 3D printing device is most most likely your most bet. This set may appear excellent in metal, but for the reason metal filaments require a lot of post processing they mayn’t work quite well here. But I ponder the pieces may be painted with a metallic paint and appear quite astonishing.



Siluett Chess by Eloi Arrufat

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

I love the concept of this chess set, the pieces are approximately like cookie cutters which have been stood up on their ends. Each piece is a silhouette of the classic chess piece create, so they have a excellent, effortless create. It is effortless to tell which piece is which, and they should be quite effortless to 3D print and durable-bodied. This is a quite excellent alternative to a basic, eachday chess set.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_silhouette_2

Any standard PLA or ABS material may be excellent for this set, but any material which is durable-bodied and forgiving of striation is thoughtl. You quite much just require to pick two colors which you like and you are all set. And hey, in a pinch you can use them to manufacture cookies.



Skyscraper Chess by sitts314

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

To be ideally honest, this most most likely is not a chess set which you may want to in fact use to play. Okay it can be done, but as with most “themed” chess sets it is not always going to be effortless to understand which piece is which. I picked this set for the reason all of the pieces are based on famous skyscrapers, so when the set is assembled it just appears rad. The king is the Willis Tower, the queen is Empire State Building, the bishop is the Chrysler Building, Columbia Center is the knight, Hearst Tower is the rook and the KOIN Center is the pawn. It in fact has a excellent board which is createed to appear like city blocks with cars driving along the streets. Just have it printed out and either laminated, or you can manufacture it additional permanent by affixing it to a solid board.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_skyscraper_2

If you want to use this chess set as a decorative set, and so it is the ideal place to use an informative or one-of-a-kind material. The pieces may appear excellent in a transparent material, but I ponder they may in addition appear astonishing in metallics.



Cy Endfield Chess Set by Kenneth Perez

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Cy Endfield is a famous screenwriter, director, author and a magician. Apparently, he in addition createed a set of chess pieces back in the ’70s which were generated in gold and silver. The set was a limited version so just of a hundred sets were made. What made them one-of-a-kind was the fact which all of the pieces may be fit together so they may be effortless to store and travel with. Why anyone may want to carry a set of solid gold chess pieces with them is a mystery to me, but I guess it’s quite excellent to have as an version.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_cy_endfield_2

I ponder the portability of these pieces manufactures them thoughtl for a travelling chess set, but you should most most likely not have them 3D printed in precious metals. If you plan on quite packing them up and bringing them with you when you travel, and so a advantageous material may be a durable-bodied ABS.



Charles O Perry Inspired Chess Set by Joseph Larson

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

So I’ll be honest, I had no thought who Cy Endfield was. I mean, I have seen or heard of a lot of his films, but the name didn’t quite stand out. But Charles O Perry is another story, he is a quite prolific artist and createer who is understandn for creating dimensionsable-scale, abstract sculptures. His work can be discovered all over the country in front of dozens of museums, government buildings and parks. He in addition createed jewelry, the fashion of stackable-bodied chairs which you can find in the waiting room of any doctor’s office and a series of puzzles for MOMA and the Smithsonian. He in addition made a astonishing interlocking chess set which inspired this 3D printed set.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_charles_o_perry_2

The pieces are effortless adequate which they may be printed in metallic filament, but I don’t quite understand how they may appear. The original set was made of stainless steel, but personally I ponder these pieces may appear awe-inspiring in a clear material.



SpIral Chess Set by BigBadBison

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

This is a excellent twist (cough) on the standard chess set, and may be excellent either as an eachday set, or prominently displayed. According to the createer the pieces are quite big, so you can require a dimensionsable chessboard for them. He suggests which they can be printed at 75% if you want them more compact, but I worry which they mayn’t appear as quite excellent if they were more compact.

3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_spiral_2I ponder the largest concern which you can have printing this set is building certain which your printing device has a high adequate resolution to deal with the curves in the body. Any material may most most likely be satisfactory for these pieces, but I did notice a few of the Makes on Thindonaterse printed them with metal filaments, and they appeared quite rad.



Bauhaus Model I 1922 Chess Set by Le_Garage

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

Aside of being a excellent band, Bauhaus is in addition the name of the famous art school in Germost which talked of ized the Modernist, or Bauhaus, create movement. Modernism wasn’t a new concept by the time the school was discovereded, but while it was open between 1919 and 1933 it desatisfactoryd the fashion, philosophy and aesthetic of the modern Modernism movement which yet inspires createers now a days.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_bauhaus_2

This fantastically createed chess set is effortless adequate which it may appear great in any material, but I ponder it may appear awe-inspiring 3D printed in sandstone. Not just may it donate the pieces an informative texture, but it may be quite fitting for the Bauhaus fashion, which commjust utilized effortless, graphic shapes made with stone or roughly textured materials.



Micro Planter Chess Set by XYZWorkshop

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

The impracticality of having a chess set of living plants is most most likely high on the list of reasons why this chess set is not for eachone, but it is such a rad create which I had no choice but to include it on this list. The createer unquestionably chose the plants which they utilized when they photographed it for appears, and I doubt they may remain the manageable-bodied dimensions in the pictures for quite long. But I ponder a advantageous plant selection may be succulents, which grow slowly, are quite complex to kill, and always appear rad.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_micro_planter_1

This may be a rad chess set to leave in your garden or on your porch, yet it can yet require to be protected of the elements. The star of the show is the plants themselves, so any material can do quite, although I’d go with a fewthing durable-bodied. Making use of metallic filament may in addition be quite rad, especially for the reason the pieces may begin to get a patina as they spent additional time outside.



Meta Chess Chess Set by Joseph Larson

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

Yo dawg, I heard which you like chess, so we put a chess set inside of your chess set so you can play chess while you play chess. I understand which’s a dated meme, but I honestly can’t imagine a additional appropriate time to use it. But this is not just a novelty chess set, it’s in fact a quite rad chess variant which allows for you to play chess on the dimensionsable scale, and and so move the more compact chess pieces based on their proximity to other chess pieces. The goal is to capture the small king. So it quite is a chess set inside a chess set, and which sounds kind of awe-inspiring. As if regular chess wasn’t a complex adequate, why not add an entire extra level of difficulty to it? The rules are on the market-bodied for download of YouMagine.3dp_ten3dpthings_chess_meta_chess_2

These pieces can appear satisfactory printed in just of any material, but for the reason the more compact pieces are so small just manufacture certain which it’s being printed on a machine with an incredibly satisfactory print resolution, or in a forgiving material. On the other hand personally I ponder this chess set may in addition appear quite excellent in translucent materials, especially if you have access to a SLA 3D printing device.

There you go, ten of the radest and most informative 3D printable-bodied chess sets on the market-bodied. This is not in fact close to an exhaustive list, and was in fact quite complex to narrow down to just ten, so if you are in the market for a new chess set manufacture certain which you take a appear around, you are bound to find a fewthing which is ideal for you.

Incidentally, last week I was asked by a reader precisely what I appear for when I put my Weekly Roundups together, so I figured I’d answer which question here in case anyone else was interested. First of all, I pick the week’s theme based on my mood quite. Okay a fewtimes I’m inspired by a fewthing specific if a subject is being talked of a lot, but honestly if the subject bores me and so I most most likely won’t put a list together of it. In addition, in fact if a version is not suitable-bodied for the week’s theme, I store a (rapidly growing) collection of random versions which I intend to fit into roundups at a next date, so feel free to send me your create if you ponder I’d like it.

In terms of the versions which I pick, which is quite trickier to nail down. First and foremost it has to be a well-createed version, but I in addition take into account if the version has been that successfully 3D printed and if it has a few high end pictures uploaded. I hate via bad pictures, and there have been times which I’ve dropped a fewthing off for the reason it appeared like the pictures of the prints were taken with a camera phone circa 2003. High-high end pictures are my most friend.

As always, I love to see what you are 3D printing, so feel free to email me or just send me a Tweet @SJGrunewald and show me what you are working on!