Pet monster Pipsquid - with moveable propeller!

by andreas, published

Pet monster Pipsquid - with moveable propeller! by andreas Feb 26, 2012


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A few days have passed since my last contribution to the 3d artist mag contest, perhaps someone noticed! ;) I've been really busy lately so I had to slow down a little bit on my pet monster-making.

But every now and then I've managed to work a few minutes on a new pet monster which I think/hope is a nice and fun toy:

Meet little pet monster Pipsquid who dreams to be one of those brave superheroes who enjoy a bazillion adventures a week when he's a big boy! And as you can see he's already perfectly prepared and on his way to be one of the greatest superheroes our world has ever seen! All he needs is you to take care of him till then. :)

View Turntable here (bottom of the page):

Updated information will be posted in the Instructions below.

Best regards,


Update 1: pm_and_propeller_v1.1_pipsquid
-> Pipsquid isn't floating anymore.

Update 2: pm_and_propeller_v2_pipsquid
-> As requested a version with a stronger/bigger pin.

The Propeller attached to the pet monster wouldn't be printable without support so I've tried something I'm missing as much experience from as 3d printing itself: Seperate parts!

As a bonus you'll be able to spin this propeller with a tip of your fingers or idealy you should able to blow at the propeller to make it spin - feel free to experiment with anything else you can think of.

Check the image above to see how this gets assembled if you'd like to know that before you print everything. The pin should be fixed with some glue.

And please keep in mind:
I don't own a 3d printer so I'm not sure if everything is as it should be. Please let me know if there are issues with this model, I'll try to fix it.

I'm offering the following flavours for your convenience:

-> Print Pet monster Pipsquid and the propeller parts at the same time.

-> Pet monster Pipsquid, without the propeller parts.

-> The propeller parts, without Pet monster Pipsquid.

pm_and_propeller_pipsquid - Technical Details::

Triangles: 121108
Number of shells: 28
Surface area: 1.12dm2
Volume: 33.81cm3
Outbox: 61.4 x 65.3 x 57.4 mm

pm_pipsquid - Technical Details:

Triangles: 117036
Number of shells: 26
Surface area: 1.05dm2
Volume: 33.46cm3
Outbox: 61.4 x 57.5 x 57.0 mm

propeller_pipsquid - Technical Details:

Triangles: 4080
Number of shells: 2
Surface area: 6.66cm2
Volume: 0.35cm3
Outbox: 45.5 x 19.2 x 11.4 mm

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I'm curious where I could find the model for the gear he's on. Is that something you designed as well? He looks so great sitting on it!

Hmm the only one I am having an issue printing without supports so far, all the others have been beautiful.

Hey Geoffro! Sorry to hear, what's the problem?

Mainly the Top teeth, as they come out further than the actual bottom lip, it has issues forming the base of the teeth, and if you generate supports, they run all the way up because the teeth stick out further than the lips, if that makes any sense. It's not a big deal I can just print it with supports, but I just thought I would mention it because everything else of yours I have printed so far is just perfect with no rafts or supports.

Yeah it makes sense and I remember that I thought this might be a problem when I made him. I didn't encounter any problems when I finally printed one for myself though. Thanks for letting me know :)

Great work. Congrats. What do you use to paint the models? Thanks.

Andreas, hello.
I am struck with beauty and grace of your pet monsters.
Several monster have no base in the form of .stl
You can correct it?

Andreas, You do very nice work. Thanks for being kind enough to share your work so the rest of us can enjoy it. My kids think pipsquid is AWESOME! I hope you can make more - and more interesting little sculptures. I plan to try out a few more and paint them too.
I just want you to know your work is being enjoyed. Good luck with your school!
Just a thought: You should consider signing your work on the bottom so when you print them and turn them over people know who the artist is.

That's really nice, thank you very much!

Signing my designs is a neat idea... maybe one day. ;)

I think there's a problem with your print plate - pipsquid either isn't totally flat, or he's hovering a touch higher than the propeller items. It's a small margin of error, something like .3-.6mm but it makes that file unusable.

Alright, added a file where this issue should be fixed:


Please let me know if this one works, thanks!

I printed my copy from your separate files - but I did check out your print plate. Everything looks good - I printed through the first couple layers and everything is nicely seated on the build platform.

Thank you very much Ms PST, you're a great help as always!

I've got to invite you for a coffee when I'm in NY again! :-D

I'll take a look at this, thanks. The seperate files should work in the meantime. I guess that's what Grog used to print.

Yes, I used the separate plates so I could make the propeller a different color.

If the first layer is up a bit it is hard to get the plastic to stick to the bed. It sticks to the print head instead and just gets dragged around.

This is my favourite so far! So adorable!

Reminds me of Calvin
amp; Hobbes. "This propeller beanie doesn't make me fly!?"

amp; Hobbes, oh my. I was a child when I've read the comics. Good times :)

Now I'll have to google if they're still around!

Well, I noticed you hadn't posted one. This is very fun. I've got him going now.

If I had a web cam I would post a vid for you of it printing.

Did you ever get the models the person in the US was going to send you?

That would've been interesting to see! Hope everything went fine, did you have any problems with the model?

Nope, didn't get anything yet.

The pin to hold the propeller gave me problems since it was so small. The plastic doesn't have time to solidify before the next layer. I slowed the print speed way down and it worked. Just needed to file it a bit. I'll post a pic later.

The front tooth and back of the head right above the neck had a little sagging. But a little use of the heat gun fixed that.

The propeller printed fine.

He is very cute.

Glad you were able to print him. I actually saw the tiny pin as a problem but couldn't figure out how to make it more printerfriendly. How's the propeller spinning? :)

How well the pin prints depends on how well you have your printer tuned. Combining the propeller and pin in the same print helps, the pin has time to cool before the next layer goes down. But the plastic is also easy to file down, so if it prints a bot large, that is better. The only other choice would be to make the pin a bit bigger and teh hole in the propeller larger to accomodate it.

The propeller does spin nicely.

Thanks for your feedback! Added a version with a stronger/bigger pin:


That is awesome - any chance of a color VRML ? ;)

I'll think about that, right now I'm not at home. It depends on the file size as I've only ISDN-like "speed" at the moment.