Fennec Fox

by Physics_Dude, published

Fennec Fox by Physics_Dude Apr 5, 2012

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I found this fantastic model of a (low poly) fennec fox on the Google 3D Warehouse http://goo.gl/z5YFi by user Xaya.
The design prints superbly without any alterations and it was exported to STL format via Google Sketchup.

Update: I made a plated version of this fox some time ago and found it to produce much cleaner results due to the lack of overhangs. This is especially useful when printing at a larger scale.

Original model by Google 3D Warehouse user zt2fan, significant improvements to model done by user Xaya. (Posted here with permission.)


  • Print with support material.
  • Clean finished piece.
  • Admire the awesomeness of the Fennec Fox.

*- If printing plated the version, you must use glue the halves together. The top of the tail halves should be cleaned and made smooth for easy joining to the rest of the body.

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This modeling is very cute, very like it!If the fox eyes can obviously reflect will be better!Now has a high precision 3 d printers, do this is completely no problem, looking forward to your great creation. http://www.reprap.cn

Quite strange, they are selling this model for 'free' here:
Still, if you want it you have to put it in your cart and register.
Kinda wrong huh?

Eh, I don't mind, they appear to obey the copyrights since they are not strictly making a profit off it. The user Cults on the Cults3D site has a lot of republished things from Thingiverse. They also seem to properly credit the original authors as well in their descriptions.

I'm confused as to why this is licensed non-commercial. It seems from your description that you simply converted the model from sketchup to stl? Reading through the sketchup warehouse's terms it is perfectly legitimate for anyone to use those models for commercial purposes, so how can you claim copyright (and thus something to apply license terms to) over another person's work?

I must have chose or changed the copyright when I had little knowledge about the subject. However I did get explicit permission from the original designer on the Google SketchUp Warehouse to print and publish this work here. If I recall correctly, I also had to resize the model and patch a few holes (done automatically) before uploading it here.
I reverted the license back to where I believe it was when it was first uploaded this thing (thus removed the non-comercial aspect).


We're trying to print it, but I get an error message that it's looking for a platform heating. I'm using a Replicator 2, is there something that I need to change in the settings to make it print on this printer?

Hmm, well I doubt the model's issue. I'm no expert with the Replicator 2, but ask the Makerbot Google group, they will gladly help you out.


This is really awesome. I'm having trouble finding good information on "support material" though. So unfortunately, I am unable to print this ):

Very cool though

Are you using ReplicatorG? If so, simply select "Full Support" from the drop-down menu after you click "Generate Gcode". The default settings for support in skinforage should work just fine.

Thanks for that tip (which I only noticed after several attempts without it, where the fox's right front leg turns into a hairball). Full support DOES work but you end up with a LOT of support material... now I need to learn how to trim it away without damaging anything. This piece was a great learning experience.

Ah yes, trimming off support material can be quite a doozie. I found that the best way to remove it from this piece is to first start with the legs by clipping the areas of the raft between the paws and support blocks (you may use a fine pair of wire cutters or a sharp xacto knife), you will also want to cut any other thin strands of plastic bonded to the legs. This will prevent you from pulling off a leg after you break free the main supports. Once the supports are free of the legs and any other support block if possible, start with the tail and firmly grab both the bulk of the tail and its respective support piece. Then carefully work them free of each other, it should be a clean break. Next you will want to repeat this with the head then the torso. Don't worry if you break off a leg or four, I did, and a few drops of supper glue made it look like it never even happened. Once all that is done, it may be wise to use an xacto knife to remove any pesky drips or burrs. That's it, I hope this helped.

This was a great learning experience and the object printed beautifully. The first thing I got out of my new 3D printer that I really felt happy with. Many thanks for posting it here and for the additional support!

It is my sad duty to inform you that you misspelled 'piece' :(

face palm

Very nice looking print.