Evolution and Advancement of 3D Printing Techniques Through Sharing

While searching for some new models to post I came across a fascinating model that had made the featured first page of 3D prints on Thingiverse.com. The Model, Hairy Lion, was shared by Primoz Cepin from Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia.

The Model featured some very creative techniques to recreate the hair on the lion’s mane. Using a sacrificial wall surrounding the model of the lions head and putting strands of bridging filament attached from the lion head to the wall. Once the printed model is complete, the wall is carefully removed and then it is time for you to put your styling skills to work on the hair with the help of a heat gun or some other heat source.

While it may sound like an unusual technique, I found it even more interesting in how this process evolved over time from a small series of other shared models on Thingiverse.

According to Primoz, he did a remix of the Lion design from geoffro of hex3d.com on Thingiverse. The Thingiverse model named Lion HD was also a remix from another designer named 3DWP entitled Lion.

As for the hair technique used on the mane, Primoz said he created his first “hairy” 3d print when he created “Cousin It” from the Adams Family. I would like to note here that this is friggin sweet! Who didn’t love Cousin It?

From here, Primoz says he took inspiration to do the hair on “Cousin It” from “Furry Vase”, a model shared by Daniel Noree of Barspin Sweden. This model was also shared on Thingiverse.

According to Daniel Noree his furry vase creation was inspired by the Drooloop” idea by Mark Peeters of Kalamazoo Michigan. Mark had shared the drooloop technique on a model called “Super Flowers”. This involved printing filament strands in mid-air.

So following this timeline one can see how sharing can inspire others while expanding our techniques and creativity across many generations of models over time.

Without creative commons and open source think how much less advanced the desktop 3D printing industry would be now.

My hat goes off to everyone who posts their models and techniques to share with the rest of us. Without you, there would be far fewer sources for inspiration in this world.

Chevy Camaro LS3 V8 Engine – Scale Working Model

I am always keeping an eye out for cool 3D models to recommend for 3D printing. This one is no less than amazing at the amount of time and detail put into this full 3D model assembly.

Working model of a Chevy Camaro LS3 V8 engine.
Over 200 hours of printing!!! Engine block alone was 72 hours.
Modeled from cad files, pictures, specs, and service diagrams of the engine. I did not have the actual engine for this one.
It assembles just like the real thing!!!

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This thing is cool as it gets. Fully working model with hardware. Over 200 hours of print time involved.  To see this thing in motion check out the following video. Includes a sped up time lapse of the entire assembly of the engine:

Fully working LS3 model. Everything was 3d printed except for the bearings and fasteners. Some parts were modeled from CAD files floating around the internet while others were modeled from pictures, repair manuals, and diagrams.

Very nice work…

If you feel this is too much print time for you take a look at the following, one of the available remixes. Scaled down to smaller than a can of soda http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1996991:

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Now go out and do some 3D printing!

All quotes, images, and videos were sourced from Thingiverse.com. Click here to view the original web page at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1911808

3D Model of a 57′ Chevy Corvette! Nice… For 3D Printing

For those of you interested in printing cool models I came across this very sweet 57′ Chevy Corvette model available for free download.

This model was created by Mao Casella specifically for 3D printing and uploaded to myminifactory.com

The 13 files composing this assemblable model are conceived expecially for FFF/FDM 3dprinters, all objects are manifold and watertight, all intersections were created with boolean operations and the model was subdivided in pieces and pre-orientated in the print bed to have the less possible amount of support material.

According to Mao, the free download includes all of the files you need for the closed roof version. If you like this model then after tipping Mao per the links provided on the myminifactory website he will then email the 2 extra files required to print the open roof version… Nice