ModiBot Mo poseable figure kit

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ModiBot Mo poseable figure kit by kidmechano Apr 2, 2017
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ModiBot was designed for SLS printing in Polymide, but we are working toward making him more printable at home. This is the latest offering of parts pre-configured for printing on desktop home printers. We've modified the designs to include integrated supports, so these items should be printed using 'No Supports' settings.

For best results, print in PLA (or better yet, ABS, if possible) on high detail settings on any home or hobby printer.

Find out more about building with ModiBot at ModiBot.com

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10% but printing solid may increase performance


I've printed it at both .10 and .20 mm layer thicknesses. My first layer speed is 30 mm/s.


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These parts were designed with pre-built supports to make printing easy.

Most of the tabs quickly break away when bent, but you may want to trim them quickly with a blade for clean edges.

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the vertical brims of the fdm vertical parts (arms, legs) disapear once sliced, i assume it's because they are thiner than my extrusion width? ( I see them at 400% scale, really cool, but a little too big.) if so they won't print with a 4mm nozzle correct? any tips on how to go around that?

It's fine if the brim doesn't print. Do you have a slicer with a Brim support setting? If so, I would try that. If not, them maybe increase your layer height or better yet, increase the size of your model to print at 120 or 140%. This will make the figure stronger and should account for the original brim

How high is the Modibot?

He's 5 inches tall when assembled.

I have a question about the design tolerances: did you do it considerate tolerances to fit the pins + holes or there isn´t gaps and the printer need to do it (acting in slicer software, for example)?


Pegs and holes have been designed to work in both sls and on a makerbot at both standard and higher resolution.

But i have also personally printed similar parts on both Afinia and Ultimaker. There seems to be greater variation in the output between various printer models and brands than between the slicers themselves.

This is the kind of project I'd like to love, but can't recommend.

I tried printing this figure 3 times, at 150% scale on both Ultimaker 2+ and Prusa i3 MK2S.
Layer heights of 0.15 or 0.2mm.
My objective is to obtain a little toy that would handle a bit of abuse.

There is no way to obtain a clean ball surface on the torso and waist pieces because of those little pyramid as snapping them will crack some layers on the ball and cutting it properly with an exacto is not a solution.
Other pieces snap perfectly fine, rotate smoothly and stay in place.

Please let the user place the supports where he wants.

Good to know. Thanks for the info.

The initial goal was to help users who may not have experience in choosing a support option that doesn't leave external scarring.

I've uploaded an unsupported torso, hip and hands so you can finish your project.

Thank you very much!

I'll report with the results.

slicing this through cura doesn't seem to add the brim to the limbs. Any advice?

Maybe reduce your layer size? Cura might now register the brim if its 'hiding' just below its first readable layer. If not, then I'd just turn on brim for the parts in Cura settings. Hopefully should give the same result.

Let me know if either one works.

I've just set the print off with cura brims. Will update to let you know if it works.

Cool. Can't wait to see. I have an Ultimaker at work, but I don't think I've ever printed this through Cura.

Had to print each limb individually as cura brims weren't allowing them to stay on the bed.

Interesting. I can see that it would become a crazy complex pattern. How did they print in the end?

As I said previously, I had to print each limb individually and I had a few that broke, mainly on the socket. However in the end, I have a completed Modibot! He is currently guarding my sd slot on top of the printer.

a wonderful idea and an execellent design ... all pieces are ready to print with support, a real pro design ... i like it

printed in 0,1 mm layer in PLA on a Prusa Original MK2S ... 3 h 22 and any problem

Question: could Mo support a generous layer of clay over his endoskeleton?

Sorry I missed this. If you printed in ABS, the joints might be strong enough to hold more weight.

I've heard some folks say that with some clays, plasticizer can leech into the plastic and cause it to become brittle. Sculpey is an example. Not sure of the time it takes to do that.

is there a layer height and print speed you recommend because im having trouble finding the correct settings to print this (im fairly new)

Hi, Schmekkie,

I've printed it at both .1 and .2 mm layer thicknesses. My first layer speed is 30 mm/s.

Let me know if that helps. I'll update the print setting above.

thx for the tips :)
it went better to print but i think my printer just isnt accurate enough cause the joints never fit good.
its sad cause this figure is pretty cool but thx for the help anyway :)

Did you try increasing the scale of the parts? Maybe your printer would handle better at 120%.

i tried it a bit bigger but maybe up the scale some more :p ill give it another go tommorow
thx for the fast reply :D

Prints great and love the integrated supports. The supports for the ball joints (the small squares) could be bigger. They are consistently the #1 fail point during any of my prints.


Did you have trouble with the squares curling at the edges? I admit I am a blue tape user. I saw this a bit, but I didn't lose any prints to it.

Behold Mo in all his glory. Thanks.

The supports for the socket joints are pretty ingenious.

Glad you like them. It's the only place I've used them so far.

I have some thoughts on improvements I'd like to try.