Printing a Buckliball?

By on April 3rd, 2012 in Design, Ideas


We’re always fascinated by those gift cards that pop up into ingenious 3D structures when you open them up, but could something like this be done in 3D? It turns out you can with a new design called the “Buckliball”.
The Buckliball is a sphere that can grow or shrink by twisting its form in a 3D manner. You’ll have to watch the video at the site below to truly understand what that means. 
An interesting design, but could a Buckliball be 3D printed? We’re imagining a complex design involving hinges, perhaps, or printing with a soft material that could flex in the required manner. Are you up to this modeling challenge? 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!