I am making plastic scale maille. Scale maille is one variety of pre-firearm protective vestment. It consists of fish-scale shaped plates linked with rings. Developing functional 3D printable plastic scales and rings was a long process because I knew only the theory of making scale maille, having never made before it with the commercially available metal supplies.
Starting this project I knew that there were two parts: scale and ring.
The scale needed a hole that was large enough to have up to four rings linking it to adjacent scales, and it needed to be long enough that it would cover the linkages behind it. Along the way, I also discovered that the scale can’t be too fat, or it will argue with the scale next to it.
The ring needed to hold together two scales securely without taking up too much room. (sounds simple, right?)
I have a repurposed plastic salad container which holds my collection of fail maille.
I designed this project, and all my other 3D modeling-related projects using Blender, a free 3D modeling program.