Well, this is it.
This is probably the week I get to feel my handiwork in Sketchup in my physical hands. No matter how many times I do this I never quite get over the trepidation – Will the parts fit? Is the finish suitable? Will the parts stand up to handling? – With so many materials on Shapeways these days it is impossible to become an expert in them all.
Any word on Pricing?
Now that I’ve uploaded the models and made my creations public, I can safely say that each bauble will cost around £11-15, while 3-packs will see individual baubles down to £9.33-11.67.
Is there anything you’d do different next time?
Almost certainly, I knocked these up quickly to bash them out in time for some exposure before Christmas.
First of all, the quartet of M3 x 12 bolts isn’t really necessary, and I simply went with them because they were familiar territory modelling-wise. The question is whether or not it is possible to print a reliable clip/hinge mechanism in White, Strong & Flexible.
Second of all, I’d like to be able to mount them to a specially-designed display board when not in use, a feature which is made difficult by the current design. I suppose I could create a guide-rail system, preferably with the use of 20×20 Aluminium Extruded Profile to accommodate future CPU form factors.
Last of all, let’s have a better selection of finishes. I can probably implement coloured WSF as soon as I’m happy with the white prints, but polished finishes will require a bit more thought around the fitment of the parts, and the thickness of the hinge in future designs.
Consider these the Mark 1 CPU Baubles, I guess.
Got a favourite?
I’ll be hard-pressed to choose, but if pushed I’m going for the AM2 model (pictured above). Showcasing the AMD Athlon 64 X2 CPUs which defined my early gaming life? Check. CPUs that brought true 64-bit architecture to the masses? Sweet. Chunky heatspreader that was easy to model around and permits ample support? Sketchuptastic!