A small group of toy developers at 3DKitbash have come up with a 3D Printer test kit aiming to help makers forecast their 3D Printer's abilities. 3DKitbash's '3D Printer Test Kit' allows you to test print small 'Tolerance Chips' to see how your 3D printer will handle different modelling characteristics or materials.
The kit consists of 8 'Tolerance Chips' (spikes, cuts, ridges, texts, textures, overhangs & more) and each featuring unique characteristics at various scales & intervals. It will help you discover the limitations of your printer. "It's very possible that your 3D Printer will have no trouble printing the larger forms of a chip, but have a few anomalies show up whilst trying for the smaller features. It's knowing these limitations that will help you in your planning, building and sizing of your 3D prints."
Below is an illustration of the size of a 'Tolerance Chip' and its features.
Watch below a video introducing the 'Spikes' Chip. Each Tolerance Chip will come with a PDF that details the true sizes of the features that are found on that chip.
You can get a 3D Printer test kit (digital) for $30 on Kickstarter, including a link and instructions for downloading all 8 chips, the printable guides (Paperwork), and the display base for housing your "Tolerance Chips". Find more information here on Kickstarter.
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CornGolem wrote at 5/22/2013 8:32:20 PM:
It seems to me that they are using kickstarter to boost their sales of 3D skulls models. What do skulls have to do with making toys anyway ??
Joe Larson wrote at 5/22/2013 8:06:37 PM:
Apparently there are a ton of people who don't realize that Thingiverse has over 400 things that already fill this roll, some of them even better than this, for free. Because they've already raised most of their goal. Maybe I should be kickstarting every model I produce.
Jeff wrote at 5/22/2013 6:08:46 PM:
Execution may not be perfect (english vs SI measurements), but that can be tweaked. The concept is great though. If we could get the industry, or at least the bulk of it, to agree on one set of standards as example prints, it would be far easier to objectivly compare one printer model / brand to another.
Bri wrote at 5/22/2013 2:33:11 PM:
Agreed Nyla, If this came out years ago everyone would say "neat idea". But the fact that there are dozens of test shapes out there for free makes this idea completely silly.
Nyla wrote at 5/22/2013 4:51:43 AM:
Files for similar "test items" are available all over the place. This is stupid!
Malx wrote at 5/22/2013 2:01:23 AM:
They are designing a large test suite and decides to go for a measurement system that is only used in a small part of the world instead of the SI-system that are accepted as standard in the WHOLE world including the small part mentioned above.... Not so clever...