Steampunk Single Digit Nixie Clock II

Purple Tentacle

by Bluemetal, published

Steampunk Single Digit Nixie Clock II
Purple Tentacle by Bluemetal Aug 5, 2011
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I liked http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10487 by LeChuck42 so much that I started splitting the original STL file by hand in Sketchup immediately after he shared it to be able to print in 3 different plastics. He has since split the parts also so there are two ways of getting your multicolor tentacle.
I had to slice the 3 "suckers" on the body to get them to fit properly with the places I had created in the body since supports while printing these smaller parts create some problems. In the unibrow it gets hidden better so it si ok to use support.
The foot is countersank and the body has a little step that fits into it. The unibrow has a slot on the body too.


Print the body in Fruit Punch Magenta (MBI) with supports or use the version with the little stand
Print the foot and split suckers in Nuclear Green (MBI)
Print the unibrow in black with supports
Remove the supports and sand the bottom of the body for better fit in you decided to use the version without the stand.
Glue the bottom part of the suckers to the body, then the top part, then the unibrow and foot.

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The body doesn't sit perfectly flat, one corner is fractionally lower than the other so it contacts just a tiny bit when sliced, leaving the base either floating in air or a single layer of weak support. By rotating exactly 1.36 degrees along the x axis, however, it goes flush with the bed and prints perfectly.

Back in the old days of 3D (3 years ago) that small variation would not even be noticed. :) Nowadays one can actually buy a 3D printer in Home Depot or Staples in the US.

Thanks for pointing it out. I have updated both body stl files. The one with the stand had a little gap that also needed correction.

"A blast from the past", very nice! :-D

á tio, sempre cuido de suas invenções geniais, parabéns.


It's like as if the magenta and nuclear green abs was meant for this, it just looks perfect!


Now a green tentacle is needed...

Here is the Green Tentacle made with a very hacked version of http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:8727http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... .

You can see poor Green Tentacle in the background while Purple Tentacle hatches its evil plan! =-O

Tenta-Clone in OpenSCAD
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And it could use the darker green and yellow. No Unibrow or arms. :)

The split on the suckers... AWESOME... adding that technique to my bag!

Wow! That looks just awesome! 8-)

I love it!

I'll have to get some colored plastic for my printer too... :D