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Endangered Species: Rhino

by AK_Eric, published

Endangered Species: Rhino by AK_Eric Mar 6, 2013

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Description

I got the idea to model the bust of a rhino, and print it in a "wireframe" style like I'd done with previous designs. This one is produced with a different wireframe creation technique however, where I instead generated blobby particles along the polygonal edges, and converted the results back into polygons.

I tried to minimize overhang issues by tracking the angle of the edges via a Python script in Maya. Very little cleanup was needed after print: No raft or support material needed.

The frame is actually a pattern I drew on some scrap MDF (nothing 3d printed there) , jigsawed out, and then routed the edges plus slapped on some white paint. Print is affixed via epoxy.

The rhino I painted red on the inside, and sprayed rubberized black undercoating on the outside.

Alternatively, some people see a penguin walking up the wall. Once you see it, you can't unsee it....

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No sanding or anything: Spray-painted the whole thing red (Rustoleum), then after that dried shot the rubberized under-coating (any auto-parts store) on it as an experiment. PLA takes spray-paint just fine with no priming. Don't be afraid, just aim a spray-can at it and have a go! ;)
Sure, what I mean is;
Did u sand it? Undercoat it? what sort of paint? Brush or spray? I'm in mechanical engineering, so I can fix anything that breaks on my machine but haven't got a clue when it comes to painting and post-processing of finished parts!
Glad you like it ;) I'm not sure what you mean by the 'type of prep' I used... can you ask that differently?

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Successfully printed in "natural" PLA on Makerbot Replicator. Sliced using Makerware, "medium" settings: 2 shells, 10% infill, 210 deg extruder, HBP off. Printed in 4hours, 41min, and weighs in at 52g... which worked out to a material cost of $2.29 (not counting shipping...). Print size at the neck is about 3" wide, 4" high, close to 6" long from neck to nose.

Aaaahahahahaha!!! The Penguin and the fact that "Once you see it, you can't unsee it".

I looked at the pic again, saw the penguin and just imagined you walking into your home every day, muttering "...it wasn't MEANT to be a penguin... it IS a rhino... really... it is..."

I love it! Rhino, penguin, it's awesome :-) makes me wish I had a bigger reprap tho! I'll post pics if I can get one to print successfully!

What sort of prep did you do for the painting? Came up great AK_Eric ;-)
Glad you like it ;) I'm not sure what you mean by the 'type of prep' I used... can you ask that differently?
Sure, what I mean is;
Did u sand it? Undercoat it? what sort of paint? Brush or spray? I'm in mechanical engineering, so I can fix anything that breaks on my machine but haven't got a clue when it comes to painting and post-processing of finished parts!
No sanding or anything: Spray-painted the whole thing red (Rustoleum), then after that dried shot the rubberized under-coating (any auto-parts store) on it as an experiment. PLA takes spray-paint just fine with no priming. Don't be afraid, just aim a spray-can at it and have a go! ;)
Has this been printed in wood? I would love to see that. I might buy some just for this print!
Can't wait to see it if you do ;)
Are you familiar with DotSan's work? shapeways.com/shops/dotsan
Ah hah! I ran across his work once, saw the wireframe animals, though that was really cool. When I decided to try my own hand at it, I went looking for his art again, but couldn't track it down. Thanks for the link. Safe to say I think his stuff is inspirational :)
Damned....just saw the penguin and i want to rotate the pictures now...
just got 3 hours into this one when a stepper skipped steps... back to layer 1
uuhh.... that sucks.
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