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Tony Tony Chopper - printed 3D by Athey Tony Tony Chopper - printed 3D by Athey

I finally finished up and printed that Tony Tony Chopper model that I made! :D

I'd sort of forgotten all about it, and ran across it today and thought - hey! I should print that!

So I took the model out of maya into zbrush to smooth it and make it a single airtight mesh; posed it, exported it and printed it with raft support.

You can see what it looked like when it still had the raft on, Here -> [link] <- Here

He stands exactly 3 inches tall, and can stand on his own (which surprised me, honestly - lol)

My husband wants me to pose him in that 'hiding 'behind' things' pose he does, which I think is brilliant because the figure could be posed by any object on a desk for his failed 'hiding'. We'll see if I remember to get around to it some day.

Printed with my Makerbot Replicator.
10% Infill, .15mm layer height, sliced with Skeinforge

Modeled with Maya and Zbrush

I REALLY need to get a better setup for taking photographs of these things.
And maybe use a real camera instead of my iphone. :P
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silverbeam May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So cute!

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Now you just need to get Ms. Goldenweek to paint it.
S-Vortex Sep 26, 2012  Student Artist
Hahah XDD, Good one
Oh no, now I need a replicator...

Awesome work.
Hey man, how does paint take to it? What have you found achieves the best result for colouring?
Athey Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it's ABS plastic, which is the same stuff that makes Lego's. ABS in it's material form, is susceptible to acetone breakdown, so I've been avoiding spraypaint with acetone in it. Every primer I've found so far has acetone in it, so that means I've been avoiding primers. So, just straight up painting right on the surface, everything has taken to it perfectly fine.

I've used gold metallic spraypaint with no problems, and I've used acrylic model paint with no problems.

Dying it does not work - I tried that once, it did nothing. lol.
LeanaMee101 Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always wanted to use a 3D printer ... :<
Hey Athey! :D
Looking good thar!
What all types of materials can you have that fun little toy cut from?
Athey Aug 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It can print with ABS or PLA, but we've never tried PLA before (Don't have any either).

ABS is the same plastic that makes Lego's. PLA - Polylactic Acid, is a biodegradable plastic, which makes it more green-friendly, I guess. Not terribly friendly for the makerbot though, and I've read lots of horror stories about things shattering or just printing poorly until you learn all the tricks about getting it to work properly.

There are a couple forms of ABS that are really interesting - There's a glow-in-the-dark ABS that you can print with, and there's this water-soluble type that you can use as support raft with one extruder while the other prints normal. That way, when it's done, you can stick the whole thing in water, and the support structure will just dissolve. But it's $90 a spool for that stuff, so... eeehh... not quite worth it. lol.
Nifty but yeah, sounds like some of that stuff is a pain to work with. What's the most durable?
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