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Parametric printing plate generator for OpenSCAD

by jasonwebb Mar 16, 2013
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In your OpenSCAD file, the lines translate([-plate_width/2, -plate_width/2, 0]) {

should probably be translate([-plate_width/2, -plate_height/2, 0]) {

I cant seem to get the stencil or intaglio versions to work, when exported to stl they are just the square plate. Any ideas what causes this? The embossing works fine though.

Thank you very much! :D

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man, you are just all over the place with innovation. way to share! I want to do some famous litho's!

This is great! I can't wait to play around with it

The idea for improving the print quality and also to keep ink from getting trapped using ABS is to:

  1. sand surface to eliminate striations from print (unless that effect is desired)
  2. seal surface by liberally brushing on Acetone, and let dry. (Glossy finish possible)

  3. re-texture surface to hold ink using very fine sandpaper.
    Experiment. It might even be possible to imprint a surface texture immediately after #2 while the ABS is still a bit soft. Try Saran(tm) wrap if it sticks.

Awesome tips, I will be sure to try these out :) I would also recommend the idea of using an acetone "vapor bath", which has been super popular the last couple weeks.