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Hagster

Hex Guitar Pick

by Hagster Dec 28, 2015
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This is now my favorite pick for my acoustics. Prints great out of cura, but not as defined in simplify 3d.

QUESTION!
How did you do the hex pattern? I'm trying to make something with an inset hex pattern but I can't figure out how! I'm pretty new to this stuff so I'm not the most inclined about this stuff :P

Hi KingAzaz,

This is a few years ago now, so I might not remember exactly how I did it. I used Designspark Mechanical as the CAD package, but other packages can do similar things.

If you look carefully, the hex outline in this design is split onto two layers to enable the printer work more efficiently(with less retractions). As I recall I simple drew a pattern of 2d hexagons using the polygon tool and then deleted some of the lines between them to create a wiggle pattern. I used the offset tool to pick the approximate width of the lines and extruded by the target layer height to to make it solid. This pattern was then copied, translated and rotated (30degrees IIRC) to create the next layer that would complete the hexagon shape.

Once I had the basic pattern for my two layers I did a Boolean intersection with outline of my grip pattern.

Of course you could do something similar in your slicer by creating a multi-part STL and setting up a hex infil pattern with no shells or top layers for the patterned area.

Hope that helps.