Hell Skull

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Hell Skull by Sculptor Sep 28, 2014

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A skull with horns. An anatomy exercise that turned into something else. Modelled/sculpted from scratch and not based on an existing skull (or horn for that matter).

Printable without support.
The print in the images are printed with WoodFill filament on a Replicator 2, 0.1 layer height. Then sanded and covered with primer.
Hope you like it :)

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I was able to print it no issues!

Jun 4, 2015 - Modified Jun 4, 2015

It doesn't print. There is a defect on the interior by the horns that causes the print to fail.


The little oval shapes in the infill causes the nozzle to catch. The first time it happened, my belt was loose, so the X carriage skipped. Then I tighted it, and reprinted it, then when it snagged on the same exact spot, it kicked the skull off the printer.
I've got really good adhesion. Using HIPS, once was .2 mm and the other was .15 mm layer @ 15 and 15% infill

Ashley was it in ABS, I noticed the same issue with it cracking around the top of the eyes on all 3 prints I made of it on my Taz4 in ABS. Since I am painting them anyway I just let them finish and filled the cracks back up with abs slurry.

great model but i am having some problems printing it. i amusing a replicator 2 at 0.01mm layer height 15% infill and 50mm print speed. the print fails every time when it gets to the top of the eyes is there anything that you suggest that change to get the model to print. any help would be wonderful.

This model have very weird things inside near horns begin

Yup. I've noticed it as well.
It still prints fine though :)

Looks nice. Does anyone know the weight of this?

Thanks, it depends on your settings when you slice the model (prepare it for print). You could for instance make it completly solid but that would take forever to print(and weigh a lot). You can of course print it without any infill at all to make it really light weight but that depends on the model if it will works ok. This particular model I have printed without infill and it came out nicely :)

Might be a stupid question, but I am new to this.. How much would one of those cost? Like how much plastic was used.

It depends on how big you print it, the size of the model and how much infill(density) you use.

Wow, does that really print ENTIRELY without support? Those horns look like an insane overhang! I'll have to give this a try on the weekend. Looks a lot like a Lost Soul, from Doom.

Yes it does!
Give it a try :)

I printed it, and I'm amazed. I honestly didn't think my printer could do overhangs like that (or that the plastic would hold up on any printer!)

Great! :)

Is there a reason you printed with WoodFill filament?

Yes. With the WoodFill the layer visibility almost disappear. You lose some details but I still like the result more than with normal PLA. Plus, you can sand it easily since there is 30% wood in there. I also cover it with primer to bring out the details more.

Just in time for Hallowen :D

Amazing, what kind of printspeed did you guys use at 0.1mm layer height...

I normally print in 50 or 60 mm/s on my rep2 when printing in 0.1 layer height.

For my old car that rattles and clanks and squeals, I think this will make a great hood ornament.

How big does this skull print? Also, does anyone know the weight?

With 4 shells and 0% infill, my print weighs about 47 grams and is 3.75" tall and nearly 5" wide (at horns) printed @100% scale.

I will get you some specs later...just got home and I printed mine just the other day. Mine was 4 perimeter shells and 0% infill even although I'd suggest 5% infill minimum for a better quality print.

Nice work; like magic! It does indeed print perfectly without support on duplicator 4, using abs and cooling fan after the first few layers.

Thanks! Great to hear :)

Was so excited to see a new piece by you in my dashboard! Great work.

Thanks! I'm glad you like it :)

Hello, great model and great print, what kind of primer do you use and how do you apply it? Thank you in advance


Thanks! I use a local brand in Sweden. In the US there is a brand called Bondi that is supposed to make a good primer. Try your local brand, look in a car workshop. It's a spray canister, so you just spray it and rotate it, I have a turntable that I place it on to get a nice even result. What's great about the primer is that you can sand it down afterwards. I then carefully scrape out the details with something sharp and pointy!