Articulated Spider

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Articulated Spider by DexterMurphy Oct 12, 2015
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Articulated Spider with 27 tinkerplay ball-joints and a skull at the abdomen.

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If scaled down, the ball-joints may not work.

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Made with tinkercad, the abdomen is made of "low poly old skull" by zigorsamaniego

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This model looks really great. I just printed it with silver-colored PLA. However, here's the thing: The STL contains all legs in an upright orientation. This brings with it two problems:

  1. Except on a perfectly calibrated printer, the legs will lose bed adhesion and topple unless you use a raft.
  2. The ball joins end up being extremely fragile: because of the orientation of the layer lines, even a slight bit of force will make the clasp split.

So what would much be better, is to print the legs separately, in a horizontal orientation.
(For who cannot separate the parts of the STL, someone made a remix of this model which has the parts already split for you)

Printing it right now.First try of printing the legs failed. I splitted legs and body.Legs printed with raft => no issue, worked perfectly. Body still ongoing.

If I like result, I'll try to print it 300% (it's the biggest I can do with my anet a8). Should be awesome. Will do black body and legs but with first segment of the legs in red ;)

Print finished. It's awesome. No broken articulation, no issue at all (all PLA)
So I just started the 300% model.
I splitted all parts, and it will take around 5 times 8 hours of prints (3 leg sements / body front / body back)...

@zatorax: In cura and most other slicer-programs you have the option to "split objects into parts"

Hello. Please publish separately the limbs spider.

Fantastic job dude :)

I printed in PLA with Standard setttings on my Replicator 5th gen. On the first print the legs were kind of fragile. They snaped in half but i did manage to gett 6 legs together. The body came out awesome in Translucent purple. I printered another in black and bumped it up to 3 shells and 20% infill. the legs are much stronger but I manged to break one of the legs on the ball clasps.

So is there a way to just print the leg pieces individually? I have never had to separate parts on a build before.

When fully assmebled it is quite Formidable. Great build

Thanks! Nice to hear you like it. In cura and most other slicer-programs you have the option to "split objects into parts" and choose, delete and multiply the parts you want to print. if the joints are too tight you may try to reduce the material flow to 99%.
hope I could help

happy halloween

Dude I am speechless! This is awesome in every level. I'm doing a dual extuder (flashforge dreamer) with t-glaze, or whatever, on the outside and doing a glow in the dark hyper reactive green on the infill or for "blood" looks BOSS will post pics for ya. KEEP GOING! Your design is cool as hell!

Support-yes but the glow stuff (cheaper)
Fast Hex
1 mm gap (negative space)
55% overlap

Thanks! Thanks! Nice to hear you like it.Looking forward to the pictures of your make!

Happy halloween and greetings from germany!

This is amazing! Hey, do you think you could make a legend of zelda skulltula variant body?

Nice idea. If I had time, I would think about it. :)

printed great but i broke a leg, a little glue and all is good. Maybe post the parts separately for others if they have issues with printing.

If you use a little heat instead of glue i found that it adheres better and no need for extra purchase

Really cool design, but the ball joint connectors break very easily. I printed it in my Replicator using PLA, and all the connectors, except the waist one, broke when attaching them to the ball ends of the joints. So, I tried printing them in ABS, laying down so the connectors would be stronger. Unfortunately, they also snapped when trying to attach them to the ball ends. Pity, because it looks really awesome in your pics...

Same issue with snapping connections. Printed 6 hours and the print is unusable.

I'm sorry that they don't fit in your print. These are standard tinkercad ball-joints, which usually work quite well. Perhaps you could try to reduce the flow and/or temp? By the way, mine is printed in PET, 0.1mm on a Ultimaker2.

I printed this on Ultimaker 2 with PLA. Works great!