Screen of Doom – Build #9
Screen of Doom – Build #9 – the dice wall alignment fix and redesign!
Last week we spotted a wall height alignment problem. We also started looking at potential fixes for that problem!
Dice Wall Height Alignment Problem
The problem with the dice wall height not aligning with the angle adjusters and towers prevents the top clips holding the wall firmly in place to the towers.
With the wall being just under the required height, I first tried using a standard base coupled with the middle row tipper bases to raise the wall height. This it did, but it raised it too high, by one brick row of height too high.
Next I tried adding a second tipper base to the wall at the bottom, effectively creating a token storage slot at the base of the bins. Unfortunately, this also raised the wall to one brick row of height too high.
This meant I needed to review my dice wall plan entirely as I could not get the wall height correct with 3 rows of dice bins.
The wall height fix
So neither of my fix ideas worked, which meant reviewing the dice wall completely.
My first port of call was to recheck the dice bin add on product. I noticed that the sample image only showed two rows of bins and not three.
Then I had my epiphany moment, if I changed the center row of dice bins in the dice wall into a standard unit rather than a dice bin, it should all still align.
I realized my original plan was to have a single wall for dice and an angled wall of miniature shelving…
The wall redesign
So, I looked at my initial wall plans and changed them to suit… I have left out the angle adjuster columns either side of the tower for clarity. There are no custom components in the angle columns, so they should clip and align without problems.
The layout for the now two wall dice walls with a middle tower looks like this…
|D8,||D10,||D%,||Tower Base||D20,||Blank Bin|
The upshot of this redesign is that the blank bin introduced into the second dice wall allows for my strange dice to be in the same wall as my standard dice. Bonus.
Test Print Parts
Step one is to dismantle my wall built so far.
Step two is to print a shelf unit, angle adjuster column top, and the dice bin wall top.
The angle adjust top and wall tops have the clip slots that need to align.
Reassembling the first column of the redesigned dice wall, and completing the angle adjuster column, I found the clip slots and top and bottom of the wall aligned perfectly. The bond between the angle column and the wall column was superb. I have my solution.
For confidence, lets add the Tower
I decided to check my tower assumption.
This meant printing a tower extension, which is the same height as the shelf wall part.
My towers would eventually be four part towers: the base section, then an extension section, then a middle section and finally a crenelated top section. The top clip point for the walls is half way up the side of the middle section.
With the tower assembled to the clip point, it was found my assumption was correct. The tower clips nicely to the same point as the angle column. Perfect.
Getting back on track.
I need to print more shelves and reassemble the wall to the point of adding the last two remaining wall tops. Then I can move onto the second wall, which is built in the same manner as the first wall.
So where are we now?
The last picture for this post shows the progress I am making towards getting that first wall completed.
Once the two dice walls are completed, I will list everything printed and used in the build, with total print time and PLA used so far. It isn’t worth doing for just the first walls because I printed a lot of pieces that are not currently in use until the second wall is built.
See you all next week, hopefully with wall 1 completed entirely!
Author: Anthony Adam
Updated: 2019/08/12 11:01
Previous Build Logs
- Planning the Build – Screen of Doom – Build #1
- Clips and Parts – Screen of Doom – Build #2
- Tower Base – Screen of Doom – Build #3
- Dice Wall Begins – Screen of Doom – Build #4
- Wall Problems – Screen of Doom – Build #5
- Wall Printing – Screen of Doom – Build #6
- Dice Wall Center Row – Screen of Doom – Build #7
- Dice Wall Top Row – Screen of Doom – Build #8