Mr. Alligator

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Mr. Alligator by curiousmedia Nov 14, 2011

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Mr. Alligator talks a lot of trash, so to shut him up, you can give him a job to do, like holding some paper together, or a bag of cheese doodles closed, or have him hang up your cloths to dry... it's up to you! The only limit to the possibilities is yourself.

Make sure you follow Mr. Alligator on twitter or he'll be a very angry alligator. Careful... he's not a tame alligator.

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This is now our go-to test item for new filament types (we have the Micro3D) and colors. Everybody's reaction is 'that's ADORABLE', because... real alligator clip :D
Very Cool Thing.

What material should I use when printing this?

What happened to his tail?

I have printed about 6 of these to test how much more my printing has improved. The first one was 1/3 too big, but now everything is fine.

Good fun and a nice design, but I wish I knew why the jaw doesn't fill properly.

4ndy - in reply to jman

My guess is using a larger hot-end nozzle diameter than was used for the original pic. When faced with a narrow gap between walls, Skeinforge often seems to think "I can't fit infill in there at that diameter, screw it."

jman - in reply to 4ndy

Yeah, it happens a lot to me. If I print a simple wall between 1.2mm and 2.1mm thick it turns out hollow! It's as if SF wants to use even numbers of shells. Mmm, I may fiddle with the shells setting...


pretty great, though my Skeinforge profile didn't like the non-zeroed ground plane at first. I had to zero it and make a new STL, which I uploaded as an additional version.

The first functional build with my printer. The kids love it...

My picture shows Mr. and Mrs. Gator with their two children meeting a long lost cousin.

Neat print!

I have a feeling these are going to be a big hit if you give them out to friends and family when they inevitably cock their heads sideways and adopt that slightly confused look after you mention that you have a 3D printer. Cool-looking and useful!


Someone's child is going to pull their socks down from the clothesline to play with the alligators.

Wow, this is great. It'd be cool to have a version of this that used the spring from a clothespin to make the jaw move.

This design makes me very happy. Great alligator. Keep going! More animals please!