Skeleton (Snaps together and moveable)

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Skeleton (Snaps together and moveable) by Davision3d Jan 20, 2015

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A stylized skeleton made of bones that can be easily assembled without any glue, twine or bolts.

Arms, legs, spine and even fingers are moveable. It has similar constraints to a real skeleton. Works great as a toy, Halloween decoration or just something cool that can sit on your desk. If you like you could even put it on puppet strings. Or put a rope around its neck and hang it in your car.

Check it out in motion here: http://i.giphy.com/lXiRzFKpHAdVFXqA8.gif

[Update: Fixed the tiny default scale. It is now the same size I printed. Also new is a detailed instructions .pdf. Here is also a basic assemble gif: http://i.imgur.com/mP1RNn7.gif ]

The skeleton is a heavily modified version of the skeleton of the game Last Knight: http://www.lastknightthegame.com/

Here is a simple stand: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1110368


Should be printed in ABS to ensure stability and 0.2mm or lower to ensure the hooks are exact enough.

The default size is pretty much the smallest size possible.
Want it as a toy or not sure if your printer is precise enough? Just print it larger. You could also try the testbed stl first.

You could also print everything at once but it is recommended to print it as those 4 predefined batches so there is not a lot of time between each layer getting printed. The bones are also already orientated in a way so that hooks get the most stability. (layer orientation is very important for it, don't matter much when up scaled.)

The .zip contains all the bones as separate files. Arm and leg are the right side version. (Viewer POV) For the left side simply mirror them in your printer program. (scale x -1)

Most bones snap together pretty straightforward with hooks, some force has to be applied though. Check out the quick graphical instructions here: http://i.imgur.com/zTJ3wV3.jpg

Note: When you put in the optional eyes you might not get them back out again.

You will find detailed instructions in the included .pdf.

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When using ReplicatorG 0040 with Skeinforge 50 to slicing, I get a couple of errors of the type:
[08:03:54] This should never happen, there is a hole in the triangle mesh, each edge should have two faces.
[08:03:54] 71080 [30066] [33696, 39599]
[08:03:54] Something will still be printed, but there is no guarantee that it will be the correct shape.
[08:03:54] Once the gcode is saved, you should check over the layer with a z of:
[08:03:54] 5.5
I've tried various scales, slice thicknesses, and rotation angles, but everything I'm reading indicates it's an issue with the STL file. Anyone else running across this and have a good solution?

Has anyone printed it in PLA? I know it said ABS, but I'm not quite ready to try printing with ABS yet so wondering if it will work in PLA

yes don't use PLA its not going to work, ABS were better

I printed mine in pla, worked fine, just had to use a lot of support for the ruins but that's probably the same fire all types of filaments

This is just awesome!!! Think i just fount driver and passenger for my scale crawler :D
I got one question though, how big is it from head to toe? I need a 1:10 scale figure or about 7-8 inches tall

Printed on, it's 9 inches..
Awesome model though, will sure be a nice mascot

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Your model has been featured as one of the Top Halloween models for the year! To see your model and other Halloween models search this in google and click on the first link: "3D Printing Ninja Top Halloween"

After printing this, I learnded a LOT about raft, brim and supports in Slic3r :-) Very nice model!
Only "fault": it can't stand upright, so I designed a simple stand if someone else needs it: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1110368

Simple stand for Davision3d Skeleton

Nice, if you like you could also mark it as a remix then it shows up here under remixes.

About half way through each print the one of the axis is shifted and so cannot finish. No problem with other models.

No clue what is going on there, you are printing with support right? You could also try the single bones files instead.

This looks awesome :)

How small can i go with this? I want to make it around 10cm or maybe 15cm? Will it work if i scale it down?


May 7, 2015 - Modified May 7, 2015

amazing - my first project with my first printer in PLA - works like a dream

I found i had problems with the 4 files - i had to print the bones separately and discovered without thinking that there is only a left foot and left femur in the bones collection - you need to extract the right foot and femur from the other STL's. DOH should have read your comments about x-1 mirror!

Is it possible to upload an assemble of all parts so i can print it as one part?
With Polyjet the support can be removed very easy.

Yea it would be possible, one issue I see is that the orientation of the bones would need to be different which could make it significantly less stable in the end. Between the layers is where things usually break.

Thank you! This is a great design and a great 1st project for me to tackle with my new M3D printer. I've been able to experiment with speed and density and find what works and what doesn't.

One question, I'm using ABS, for cleanup and smoothing out where the raft separates from the pieces (like the back of the skull) , what do you recommend? Dremmel? I'm very new to this and have not seen too much on post-printing suggestions. Is swabbing with acetone helpful to remove hard bits of the raft? Any input would be greatly appreciated.


It is a complex project to tackle first. For removing the raft a small wire cutter is very helpful, not only cutting, also using its lever action. Tweezers are helpful for small bits. Usually I am able to remove a lot of my rafts and support by hand though. Acetone would make your raft weak but also your model so you could drag out a bit of the surface of the model while getting the raft off. For cleanup you can do sanding to get rough surfaces more even. Dremmel should work too but might be a bit too much. Painting acetone on it can then make it very smooth. You could also use acetone vapor smoothing which works very well to make prints overall smooth but for this model it is a bad idea since it will also smooth out and slightly distort the connections.

When you say "...0.2mm or lower to ensure the hooks are exact enough." are you referring to layer height or nozzle diameter?
Sorry, I'm new to 3d printing, how would I need to resize/scale it for a .35 mm nozzle (if that is what you're referring to).

0.2mm is just the layer height, you should be able to set that easily with your printer.

Could you split the file (Skeleton-1of4-HeadnShoulders) into skull and one shoulder bones. Tinkercad says " Geometry is too complex: mesh has 361479 triangles, limit is 300000 ", Iron cad don't seem to load the file and simplify3D i did a repair triangles and the shoulders disappeared from the screen. hmmmm heh. Thank you for responding so fast.

Poly crunched that now lower. The single bones you find in the bones-all-single.zip

For some reason Simplify3D will not slice the shoulder bones, skull and jaw it does just fine, and all other files.
Any ideas?

Could it be possible that it is related to support generation? That bow that sticks out is tricky to generate support for. I could make another version where that is split so you can glue that then.

I have a problem with the foot because it is not complete.It has only 54 floors
Help me please

What do you mean? It just stopped printing the foot at layer 54? Did you used Skeleton-3of4-Legs.stl or something else?

Amazing. Love your style.

Fixed the tiny default scale. It is now the same size I printed. Also new is a detailed instructions .pdf. Here is also a basic assemble gif: http://i.imgur.com/mP1RNn7.gif

nice design man!

This thing is ridiculously cool - I can't wait to make one for my desk at work.... I think he might need a fez and a cigar prop..... NICE!

The cigar prop you could hijack from the mutant bunny: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:633685
Not sure how good he can hold on to it though.

Mutant Bunny


Yea, upscale able. I tried some bones at 1.4x and snapping worked fine. Check the instructions for more.

Very nice! This will be a popular one I bet ;)