3D puzzles

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  1. Ron Caudillo

    Ron Caudillo Creative Advisory Consultant Moderator

    Hi all,
    I'm not sure if this is the proper forum for this post. If it isn't, please forgive me (I couldn't find a more appropriate place). Administrators- please move it if needed.

    I have been collecting 3D cut out patterns for a while. I first ran across them when a company I used to work for bought a sheet metal laser cutter. They had provided some AutoCAD files for demonstration that would cut out various demonstration parts; one of them cut out the pieces for a 3D frog puzzle. We had a lot of fun trying to figure out how the thing assembled and I wish I still had the pattern- it looked really great! I had given mine a away since then.

    Since then, I have run across a lot of AutoCAD files for various 3D creatures and objects (Thanks TAZMAN for helping to provide the first few- the hornet in the first picture). You may recognize some of them as the various dinosaur "bones" puzzles cut out of thin wood.

    I have converted some of the AutoCAD files into PDFs that you can use to make these out of wood, foam, or whatever else you can think of. For those of you fortunate enough to have access to a laser cutter, I have the original DXF files they use.

    I am a technical support specialist for a company that designs and manufactures card personalization equipment. That's a fancy term for a a machine that embosses credit cards or an ID card printer. I have printed out one of the puzzles (a hornet) onto the plastic cards our machine uses, cut it out, and assembled it (see the first picture). I use this to show the versitility of our card printers to our customers.

    The other pictures show a few of the other 3D patterns I have. I guess I have about 40+ patterns so far and am always looking for more (such as the frog). Any help would be appreciated.

    If you e-mail me, I can send you what I have. The zip file is about 7 meg so I can't post it here.

    Best Regards,

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  2. RossinAZ

    RossinAZ New Member

    Hi Ron,

    I have built many models like those out of wood. I have built some big ones and donated them to my kids classes. Here is a pic of a T-Rex that is about 2.5 feet tall.

    They are fun to make, build, and display.


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  3. Oliver Bizer

    Oliver Bizer Member

    WOW thats amazing, Ron and Ross :eek:

    I like it very much :wave:

    Best regards
  4. Ron Caudillo

    Ron Caudillo Creative Advisory Consultant Moderator

    Oh yeah. Very cool! Thanks for sharing!
  5. Maico Shark

    Maico Shark Guest

    With your kind permission Ron I have moved your thread to "INTRODUCTIONS" since it introduces your unusual medium to our community. I feel you have added a new...dimension... to Zealot :) We Welcome credit card plastic to our community and I hope you'll share some build threads, do you think we should create a 3-D forum?
  6. Ron Caudillo

    Ron Caudillo Creative Advisory Consultant Moderator

    The thread is meant to share with the community the 3D puzzle patterns that are freely availlable and to show off some wonderful builds. I have only made the one hornet however.

    I used plastic credit cards because that is what I had available at the time (and wanted to show off to our customers the versitility of our card printers), but these could easily be made from any flat media- plexiglas, foam sheets, styrofoam sheets, plywood, balsa, sheet styrene, cardboard, etc.

    I have no objections to you moving the thread. Since I couldn't find a category that I though was appropriate, I used my best guess. I guess there could be a "catch-all, miscellaneous" category for things like this. Sort of an "everything else" that can be used for those lesser known craft subjects that don't have a wide public interest such as trains, plastic and paper models, or R/C. But yeah, a 3-D forum could work.

    Best Regards,
    Ron Caudillo
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