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Samus Flynn, your ride is ready!

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Published on Feb 10, 2011

It's my first from-scratch ping pong ball design!

The pattern is of course inspired by both Tron and Metroid, which stylistically worked very well for learning some new features in Inkscape, most notably tiled cloning. :)

Design and prototyping was done in one night, with most of the prototype balls only taking a minute or so to plot because they were done as outlines only. The final 2 balls took about 11 minutes each due to the large surface-area fill passes.

The timelapse was taken at 1 photo per second, and played back at 15 fps. Unfortunately, this 15:1 time scale is basically as low as my phone can go while producing a decent movie. :P

Do you want one of these balls? Of course you do! If you're curious, head on over to the Thingiverse page for this design and make your own copies and variations! :D
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6288

Bonus: If you look closely, you can see a small wake behind the pen where the ink is drying!

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