dIFS Fractal Maze Ball

A fractal maze pattern impressed into a a sphere made with Mandelbulb 3D.

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Description

This is a rather simple fractal sphere made with Mandelbulb 3D (more information below along with the specs for my personal print). The model itself isn't too big and doesn't really need much support, though a little might not hurt in some of the larger grooves. The ball is NOT a perfect sphere! In fact, I've oriented the .stl to reflect this: there's a small, flat section on the ball that comes as a result of the way that the fractal was created. I'll see if I can't use Meshmixer to smooth it out, but for the moment, it is what it is. (You might not mind. The pattern continues over the area, and though it's small, it's large enough to balance the finished model without issue which could be desirable for display purposes.) This is my first attempt at creating a mesh and slicing it with Mandelbulb 3D, and there are still a LOT of faces and vertices. If this sort of thing bugs you, go ahead and run in through MeshLab and smooth it out more, but Cura and my UM2 handled it without a hitch. Hope you all like it, and good luck printing! :)

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My print: I used a UM2 at 50mm/sec for precision sake just at 0.1mm with 20% infill. I suggest plate support as it is rather hard to print spheres, but the grooves probably don't need it. (Cura says it used 15.3m of material, weighing in at 121g with supports and taking around 20 hours at 125% of the shape's default size.)

More on the fractal: So as I said earlier this was made with Mandelbulb 3D, a free software which can be downloaded at http://www.fractalforums.com/index.php?action=downloads;cat=5 This model is a dIFS fractal (a HeightMap2IFS). If you want to make your own, select that particular dIFS fractal, choose MapNr 13, change H offset to -2, X and Y scale to 0.5, H scale to 0.26, and (most importantly!) No Plane to 1. Alternatively, the exact parameters are:

Mandelbulb3Dv18{

g.....w....o0...w....2....kO3t6ShFkszajA/tagVp0EM039OnvIzvnxKwLN6DgkzWOoLA.rSAxD

................................NSIwlfEvF.2........A./..................y.2...wD

...Uz6....k2..../M.0/...........8.....E3.....Uzcb7Du//oD/..........G0dkpXm1.....

./EnAnQD12../..........wz................................IU0.....y1...sD...../..

.zHnAnQDXCc0lXSEEx1..........OV.vosrWebjKaJJCLjxttHgzOV4jIE9z6uONmkxlyoDG09qBnTl

LtXgF6o1r5vHzaoWbSl93omDU.....I41.............sD.6....sD..G.0...................

.............oAnAt1...sD....zw1........................................./....k1.

.....Ksulz1.......kz.wzzz1.U..6.P....U5...EB....m....c3....F....6/...I1.....SF52

...U.qFG9yzb2zzzRYoWzz7lz16.pc..zXCc..kvrEtMc7xD6ocyFE0ujz1..........2.28.kFrA0.

.Ub96aAIVz9.1se7Umvxz0........../EU0.wzzz1...........s/...................E.2c..

zzzz.............0...................2./8.kzzzD............8....................

/EU0.wzzz1...................................2CcN/UvNPcveeWCNq0.yRiibHJJUk1f..XR

SvBmx3CcN/UvNPcvQsLsUa3.ibhVi1bTV1OK.sSq4uCly3CcN/UvNPcvMwLsUa3.ibhVinqTV1OK.sSq

4uCkz3CcN/UvNPcv..EsUa3feeWCNqGQIJ36wk8EwyLsUa3f................................

E....2..F2E.....I....w.....GZZqNcFLHV/bA7NoI.........................6E./2E./2U/

4MU.02E.0.........U8./...............................1........yD........Uz1dkpX0

LD8oz...................................................kzXaNaNaNaNiz.........zD

........kz1.............}

{Titel: Maze Ball 1}


Materials and methods

- over 10m of chosen filament (PLA, ABS, Colorfabb XT, or other hard plastics)
- an X-ACTO knife is helpful for cleanup and getting into the grooves

Documents

  • Placeholder
    Maze Ball Amf
    AMF  –  6.9 mb
    Version 1 - Feb 04, 2015
    Updated on 04-02-2015  –  16:22 h  –  95 g  –  84×84×82 mm
  • Span1
    Maze Ball Stl Repaired
    STL  –  19 mb
    Version 1 - Apr 01, 2016
    Updated on 01-04-2016  –  9:21 h  –  52 g  –  67×67×66 mm

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Comments

A853475a1322cc140bfe5c20d3c67a32?default=blank&size=40bjbjbj added this to the Toys collection ago
97906a446bd1358374e0bd36ec46d148?default=blank&size=40Kenwood added this to the Maybe I am going to print this collection ago
16e4b10cfe5f67f23991ac11ba93b88d?default=blank&size=40Paulo Blank printed this ago
Carousel thumb fractal maze ball 2
Printed on:
Eckertech - ecksbot
Result:
Great design!
Feedback:
great design. I made it hollow in meshmixer
Mini deus ex matrixedEric Lester published this design ago