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Print in Place Stick Man

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Print in Place Stick Man by deltaModulator Nov 13, 2015
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This robotic stick man prints in place with 13 joints (13 Degrees of Freedom) so he's just the thing for today being Friday the 13th! (11-13-2015). I wanted to explore Print in Place since I figured out how to make a joint or hinge that way, so here you go - enjoy!

Christmas Day 2015
I added a stick woman due to the popularity of stick man (why should he be a loner?). She is more advanced than stick man, having 15 DOF. The two extra joints are in the shoulders. I have a pile of stick woman cadavers proving that all the trial and error should be done and you will get a clean print.

Note: use your light strength adherent to the bed (i.e. not a thick hairspray for example, preferably blue painter's tape) and remove from bed one joint at a time to ensure the thing stays in one assembly. Care is required to get it right the first time.

Thu Jul 13 2017
I think this is well known, just sharing for everyone to see. I think I have figured out a way to make every printer a continuous printer. It should work best on printers with infinite Z like the PrinterBelt, however with careful design any printer should be able to do some form of this.

You Just make a print-in-place structure that is printed in position A and once printed it moves into position B which extends beyond the front of the printer's bed. Then you repeat the process with a second STL file that draws an attaching structure to the first one. This process can repeat indefinitely if done well.

In this way the front of the printer can unfold in 1, 2, or 3 dimensions. I am working on some test structures and I will share them once tested. Enjoy!

raise His Holy Name.

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Great model! I printed the Stick Man yesterday and I love it. I was unable to print a Stick Woman because Cura would not open an .SCAD file.

try the STL file. A .SCAD file is for use in the OpenSCAD design tool. Enjoy!

Make history!

Thanks for the reply. I was unable to find the .STL for the stick woman when I downloaded it. I tried downloading it again just now and I only had three files; Robot_3.stl, Robot_3,scad and, Print_in_Place_Stick_Woman.scad.

that's really weird! there are known bugs in Thingiverse, perhaps this is one of them. Try downloading the file by clicking on it's name directly and see if that works.

That did it! Thank you very much. I forgot that Thingiverse listed the individual files. Keep on making awesome things, Les. :)

Thank you FireDragon, it's great to be appreciated, whoever you may be! Check out my new mantra: "Make history!".

Make history.

Thanks to everyone who printed Stick Men and Women this holiday season, it really turned a humdrum holiday into a good one. i love Christmases that have great gifts like this in them!!!


Here is a video of me trying to peal him off some glass with out breaking him. Do you think I did it?


nice video, i was in suspense until the surprise ending!

nice design. they are high on my printing list now. Looking forward for the accessories. kids and pets would be cool :D


Ty EZ, yeah I should make some accessories for the fun of it. Of course each accessory must be print in place as well. I can update the models with hip and shoulder ball joints and make a series of it...

Good idea, the ball joint would be great on them


hey good news I figured out how to (possibly) make a print in place ball joint. Now the Stick family can have hips and shoulders the proper way. I'll maybe make some kids too

Cool design Les. My kids will really enjoy it!

Thanks, be sure to get the latest version with separation set to 1.0mm it's way better!


p.s. I need to buy some filament! I have my eyes on that cork PLA!