3D Printing

There are several pieces in this project which can be made with a 3D printer.

What If I Don't Have A 3D Printer?

Not to worry! You can use a 3D printing service, such as a local 3D printer operator, to 3D print and ship you parts to you. This is a great way to get your parts 3D printed by local makers. You could also try checking out your local Library or search for a Maker Space.

Edit Design

The design is modeled in Autodesk Fusion 360 and available to edit. You can adjust the pieces to print by moving or adding construction planes to cut up the parts . You can modify the sketches or adjust features in the parametric timeline.

Slice Settings

Depending on your 3D printer, you may need to adjust the slice settings. We printed all of the parts on an Inventor II 3D Printer. These parts were sliced with FlashPrint.

  • Nozzle: 0.4mm
  • Extrusion Width: 0.4mm
  • Layer Height: 0.2mm
  • Infill: 20%
  • Nozzle Temperature: 210c
  • Print Speed: 60mm/s

Design Source Files

The enclosure assembly was designed in Fusion 360. This can be downloaded in different formats like STEP, SAT and more. Electronic components like the board, displays, connectors and more can be downloaded from our Fusion 360 CAD parts github repo.

Print Creatures

We used Magnetic Iron Filament to print our creatures. Objects with print in place hinges that move side to side vertically, maneuver the best around the platform. You can find download links to the models we used in this project below.

Dual Extrusion

Dual extrusion is not required, but if you can, we recommend printing the "head" and "tail" parts of objects in Iron. Translucent material is UV reactive and makes an excellent second material choice.

Fish Fossilz by Murray Clark: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1276095

Mini Octopus by Javi Rodríguez: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3495390

Flexible Starfish by Yong Joo Kim : https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3258092

This guide was first published on Apr 17, 2019. It was last updated on Apr 17, 2019. This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.