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Human Skull

by JamieLaing, published

Human Skull by JamieLaing Dec 4, 2012

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Downloaded the model from the Sketchup Warehouse and it printed nicely.

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Why is it so small? At 100% it's only 8mm tall! I made mine at 1200% and might even go bigger for the next one.

Also the mesh is not manifold, it would be great to repair it and post the corrected STL.
"... a man of infinite jest."  My buddy Ted sprouted that line before the last layer was cooled on that skull.  I can't wait to print a bigger one.
Hi GJSchaller,

 It's 90% hollow, depending on how you print it.  You could definitely drill into it and use the inside of the cranium for stuff.  You could also take the model and break it up in some sort of CAD software and make a tidy little inner cavity for your widgets.  I don't know how to perform that operation yet but I'm looking forward to learning.  In fact, I've been doing most of my work in Autodesk 123D until now, and I'm probably moving away because you can't cut up imported meshes with it.

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I printed this with the Replicator 2 using silver PLA I ordered from Amazon. The original model was taken from the Trimble 3D Warehouse and was itelf a remade model of a skull that appears to have been heavily resampled.

I sliced it with Miracle Grue using defaults except for raft, supports, 0.20 layer height, extruder temp at 260C. It took me 9.5 hours to print and about 2 hours to remove the support material. I gave it to my friend Ann for her birthday.

I kinda liked it with the supports; it reminded me of something by H.R. Giger.

Why is it so small? At 100% it's only 8mm tall! I made mine at 1200% and might even go bigger for the next one.

Also the mesh is not manifold, it would be great to repair it and post the corrected STL.
Is it hollow?  I was thinking about possibly rigging one with LEDs to make a "Bob the Skull" from the Dresden Files.

Combined with this: https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/eb7d/ - it would be a GREAT prop.
Hi GJSchaller,

 It's 90% hollow, depending on how you print it.  You could definitely drill into it and use the inside of the cranium for stuff.  You could also take the model and break it up in some sort of CAD software and make a tidy little inner cavity for your widgets.  I don't know how to perform that operation yet but I'm looking forward to learning.  In fact, I've been doing most of my work in Autodesk 123D until now, and I'm probably moving away because you can't cut up imported meshes with it.
"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio."

I really like this. Gonna be one of the first prints once I get my machine.
"... a man of infinite jest."  My buddy Ted sprouted that line before the last layer was cooled on that skull.  I can't wait to print a bigger one.
I think we may have both downloaded the same skull from the Google 3D warehouse!  http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:27944
Hey MacGyver, I think you are right!  I like how you cut yours up to get rid of supports.  The teeth are definitely the weak point on this model, which does seem to be all over the place.

Also, I like your silver paint.  I'm printing one in translucent blue right now (since the gift version went away) and it doesn't seem to have the same magic, we'll see when the supports come off.
I need to reprint mine since I've installed sailfish on my bot.  I'm sure it would come out better.
I'd like to see it!
With supports it looks like the skull of Martin Van Buren.
Ha, I didn't know who that was, but after a brief googling I can see your joke has a lot of... ahem... layers to it.
I hope she liked it.

Is the thing at the top (apex) in the photo, just an artefact or some symbol?
Hi MichaelAtOz, I think she was a little bit perplexed about me giving her a skull for her 50th birthday party, but generally seemed to appreciate the effort.  The other people at the party were very intrigued. 

That thing at the top?  It was just the tool path Miracle Grue generated to finish the thing off, nothing intentional.  It does look like some sort of symbol though, I noticed people checking it out.
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