Great Ball - Fully Functional Pokeball with Button and Hinge

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Great Ball - Fully Functional Pokeball with Button and Hinge by MrFozzie Jul 17, 2016
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Barnacules printed this PokeBall go check out his video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SkTL3rZV00

UPDATE: 27th September 2016

  • Added a 3mm Hinge Pin file for those who wish to use the 3mm hinge for a stronger hinge but have a 1.75mm filament printer. Can also be used if you would rather print a pin to the right shape rather than use filament.

UPDATE: 24th August 2016

  • The 1.75mm Inner Shells have had their holes widened from 1.8mm to 2mm as requested by many people so that 1.75mm filament should hopefully now fit! (Sorry it took me so long to do this)

UPDATE: 19th July 2016

  • Due to tolerance issues surrounding the Outer Button I have made one with a much larger tolerance meaning it should be easier to assemble. Having seen a few makes now I strongly reccoment you Print 'Outer Button Smaller' unless you have a lot of confidence in your printers accuracy. (I added this to the assembly instructions so that people who do not read this should still be okay)


Fully functional GreatBall made to be an exact replica of the real thing! Uses only 3D printed parts and super glue yet has fully functional hinge and button which presses in and unlocks a catch to allow you to open it, using the flex in the plastic to act as a spring. Hinge opens to 90 degrees and stops like the real thing and does not stick out the back so cannot be seen, also just like the real thing. The button also hides its own mechanism from view adding to the authenticity. Parts have notches and grooves to ensure perfect alignment while glueing allowing you to have a perfect model with ease.

I believe this to be the most accurate and easy to print GreatBall you can make with a 3D printer so print your own and get catching Pokemon! Even the stand looks like a PokeBall from above.

Other PokeBall lids available and more coming soon including (see picture):
PokeBall - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1615753
Ultra Ball - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1675718
Master Ball - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1794489
Timer Ball - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1794410
Net Ball - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1794277
Quick Ball
Heavy Ball
Luxury Ball
Premier Ball
Nest Ball

So check back regularly to get them as they come out and if you have a favourite not on the list let me know and I will try my best to get it designed and made as fast as I can!


Do not use a raft as parts are not prone to warping and make clean up harder, I do use a brim however to aid adhesion.

Instructions as follows:

Print all parts with support touching build plate.
Remove support, however the PokeBall has been designed to hide all supported surfaces, so they should be hidden from view so a smooth finish is not vital for it to look good.
Print the lids with the dome side up like an igloo.
Print the 'Inner Shells' the other way up like a bowl.
Print the 'Button' with the flat surface on the build plate.
Use 3mm or 1.75mm filament as a hinge pin and shape to fit smoothly as in the pictures so it follows the same curve as the back of the ball.
Do a dry fit of all the parts.
Super glue the lids to their respective 'Inner Shells'.
Place the 'Button' inside the 'Outer Button Smaller' with the two bumps positioned downwards to fit into the 'Inner Shell Bottom' and super glue the 'Outer Button Smaller' to the 'Inner Shell Top' being careful not to glue the 'Inner Button' in place as it must be able to be pressed.
Insert the hinge pin attaching the two halves together and glue in place also taking care not to glue the hinge in a fixed position.
You will need:

1x Lid Blue
1x Red Stripes
1x Inner Shell Top (choose filament size and with or without support)
1x Inner Shell Bottom (choose filament size and with or without support)
1x Button
1x Outer Button Smaller
1x Stand (optional)
Super Glue
If you have problems with supports or printing let me know and I will do what I can to help. The tolerances are also quite tight as this works on my printer, let me know if you have problems with this.

Happy Printing and Go Catch Them All!

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I used 100% for a solid, heavy strong print and since the parts are thin it does not use too much filament or take too long.

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There is something weird with the file Inner_Shell_Bottom_3mm_Supported.stl when sliced in Simplify3D. It wants to make a solid infill on the inside of the shell on the first layer after the built-in support. This does not happen with the Top-file, or the equivalent file for 1.75mm.

what software you use to draw or design the pokeballs?

I am still really concerned about the "fully functional" claim. Can I really catch pokemons with it?

If you can find a Pokemon in real life I am sure it will not let you down.
(please not this is not a master ball so a catch is not guaranteed)

Ce qui est dommage c'est qu'il manque une photo en vue désassemblé mon gars ;)

Have you been able to test it yet? I'll be able to print one out in a few days and I can provide some feedback or design revisions if needed.

Thanks for the feedback sorry I was very late in replying.

Update: I have printed the blue top and red accents. The red accents fit perfectly with zero sanding and no force. I assume the rest will go well since it is based off of the already proven regular poke ball, but I will still refrain from posting my make until it is complete.
My only criticism is that the angle the red accents sit at seems a bit steep compared to reference pics and may need a 5-10 degree relaxation. I could be wrong though, I don't have the official specs and reference photos aren't super consistent or clear.

I have also been playing around with the angle of the red accents, I have had it at many angles and many different pictures disagree on where they should be, I decided in the end to base them on the most recent official pictures I had which were from Pokemon Go but it was hard to judge where they are.

Yeah, now that I look at it in Pokemon Go I can see that it's basically spot on with that model.
By the way the length of the red accents may need to be adjusted. It doesn't seem to fill the entire groove in the blue top, just a millimeter or so lengthwise, it's really slight.