Low-Poly Pikachu

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Low-Poly Pikachu by FLOWALISTIK Jun 27, 2014
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NOTE: You can check my newest designs in my YouMagine profile! More Low-Poly and other simple designs!


Designing a low-poly Pokemon is the best way I found to represent the poor graphic quality the first Pokemon games had. So, here I present you the low-poly Pikachu, which is part of the Low-Poly project I'm developing.

3D printers allow to make real the idea of catching all Pokemon, and I'm currently working to make all the Pokemon I can. You can check the collection in the following page:


This model is 5cm tall approximately. The model from the picture was printed with a Prusa i3, 0.2mm layer height, 0.5mm nozzle, 45mm/s speed and a cooling fan (I really recommend this!). The material is 3mm high quality PLA.

It was designed so it doesn't need support material, although each printer is different and it may be more difficult to print it depending on the settings.

// This design is based on Pokemon

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I really enjoy these low-poly designs. I have been printing them and leaving them around for other people to find !
They are also really popular when I print them and post pictures of them on Instagram.
Keep up the great work. Jak.

What would be the infill? 15?

You do realize that people have been selling your designs on ebay and etsy

It's posible print 0% infil, how many shells?


i would do 4

I have noticed that when I load the model in s3d and in Lightwave the normals are flipped. Is there any reason for that? I know this model has been around for a while.

printed very quick and easy ... great file !!! Thanks.

I just saw "The 3d Printing Nerd" print this! :)

Thanks for the model. I did it as the 3rd print on my printer and it turned out nicely! The kids were arguing who would be the one to get the first one!

I did a time-lapse of this awesome model you can watch it here https://youtu.be/Zn9F2CRTj0s

how long does it take to make

Using M3D, with High Quality and High fill density, it takes nearly 9 hours to finish.

This is a really nice model, however the tail attachment point is unnecessarily weak. There's really no reason to make it that weak.

I'm printing it at my library downtown and I LOVE IT :D!!!!

I'm regularly, if not consistently (2/4) getting errors at the very tips of the ears. I even scaled the pika up to 200% and I'm still getting issues with malformed ear tips. I'm on a Makerbot Replicator Gen 5 printing at .1 mm resolution with 5% infill and 5 shells. Any suggestions to get the ears to turn out better?

you should check the minimum time between layer box value to maker sure enough time is spent between layers to cool down. This either slows the head down or causes a pause before advancing. Additionally enabling the move printer head away from object feature will ensure excess heat is not transferred from the hot end to the print. It is very useful when doing the ears as the warping is from the hot end smearing the plastic around

Thanks for the advice but Makerbots don't have "minimum time between layer" or "move printer head away from object" capabilities.

What do you think about putting a small clip on fan pointed at the object?

that is a good alternative solution if no software solution can be found having an additional small fan directly attached to the print head will help with preventing warping. I have used large fans to cool the entire object build space with better results but this can easily effect your hot end temperature. The last option is to have multiple objects printing at the same time. Having the print head move between two of the same objects ramps up the print time but can give the cooling time needed in between printing the ears.

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If you see the Pikachu models that have already been printed, at least half of them have problems with the ears. I print using PLA, a cooling fan (so the plastic solidifies as soon as it's extruded) and a slow speed. I would suggest you to print slower and with a lower temperature, but these are pretty general tips as every 3d printer is different!


More Low Poly Pokémon!!!!!! MORE!!!

BTW .. I scale these 150% and make them into Christmas ornaments ....

how do we make it smaller or can we?

Do you mean you want to resize it? To change the model's size you must do it with the 3d printing program you use (Repetier Host, Cura...). The bigger you print the Pokemon, better the result!

Sorry for the newbie question, but I've just printed this model and - though it looks great in most respects - I'm getting bits of PLA strung between the body and tail. Is this common, or is there something in the settings I should be changing? I'd really appreciate any advice.

same with dan. I've printed many things very cleanly, but between the ears and tale, its all stringy and not a nice finish. I've noticed this before when the temp is a bit high or the speed might be a touch fast and its draging some unmelted PLA over.

I print exclusively with PLA, and this problem you're talking about is really common if the extruding temperature is higher than required. Also, not using a cooling fan for PLA lowers the print quality.The problem about sharing a 3d model is that the result depends more on the printer than on the model, the only thing I can recommend is: print slower, extrude with a lower temperature and use a cooling fan.

Aug 20, 2014 - Modified Aug 20, 2014

With the release of 4 new colors of the Z-ULTRAT filament by Zortrax, we bring you a quick look at the possibility 3D printing has in the toy industry. This is where imagination meets reality. With a 3D printer in your home, you can literally catch 'em all.

Check out our video on the great work done by Flowalistik's low poly Pokemon below.


Can't wait to... "literally" get our hands on more of your work!!!

Low-Poly Pikachu

How are things coming on the Cyndaquil, man?

How any of these are not featured I'll never understand.. I guess you'll need to make a 'customizable' version of one hey ;p

Well, they are copyrighted by Nintendo, so it would be a bad idea to feature them.

Didn't stop them from featuring Doctor Who, the Tardis, Transformers... They don't care about IP.

It would be amazing a customizable version of each model with different positions and attacks. A Pikachu using thunderbolt or Squirtle using hydro pump!

How long does it take to print this?

Well, it depends on your printer. To have a very good result in my prusa i3 it takes 2 hours, but yesterday I tried to get even a better quality and it took 5 hours!

I notice that on these print images you have slight vertical banding, nearly identical to the issue I am experiencing. Do you know what might be causing it? What printer are you using?

Do you guys print this design and mail it, or are you on http://pinshape.com?pinshape.com?

I'm not on Pinshape, but I'm sure you can easily find someone to print any of my designs for a reasonable price!

Pika's tail (in PLA) wasn't quite up to a 5-year-old. Might want to reinforce if printing for the same demographic. :)

Give the model an acetone vapor bath. it will smooth the model and help keep the model in whole

You should see Charmander's tail, it's so fragile! I'm aware of the problems 3d printing cause, and the one that I think more about is the fragility, specially in the parts with small surface (tails). I'm considering different options to try to make them more solid and avoid the tail issue, but I have to try them and choose wisely!

Following up to say I didn't realize I was having underextrusion issues! Our Charmander is great so I'm sure our next Pika will be just fine. :)

Funny because our Charmander is still intact - will have to do a side-by-side comparison. The kids love all of your Pokemon and keep asking me if any new ones have posted. :)

Flowalistik, you are one of the best designers on this site IMO.
your pokemon models fit so well and feel incredibly accurate that it gives me so much nostalgia, thinking back to the GameBoy Color games.
I truly thank you for bringing back all these childhood memories.
I am proficient in Blender and wondering if you want help designing models.
Keep printing the future.

Thanks! I started this project because I wanted to create a path between the present and my childhood, and as Pokemon is known in every country I thought some people would like to have these designs.
If you know how to use blender and like this project, feel free to design other Pokemon. I'm going to keep this project personal, because designing low poly pokemon is the best way to bring back childhood memories, and if you want to feel the same I recommend you to start designing right now!

Jul 2, 2014 - Modified Jul 27, 2014

Wow... amazing job Flowalistik! Printing one right now haha... can't wait to see whats next!

My friends says you need rattata and dragonite. She wants to make a chess set and she needs rattata for the pawns. No idea what her plans for the Dragnite is.

Really cool idea! I will do my best but I have a hugh list of Pokemon I want to design!

Printing that one asap

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As usual, very well done!!
I was waiting for this one, nice job! ;)

YEAH! pikachu! one big family!

Awesome, I've been looking forward to you making pikachu, I'll be printing this soon!