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Squishy Turtle

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Squishy Turtle by jakejake Apr 9, 2017

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This 3d printed turtle uses the same flex concept from my Mini Monster Truck to create legs that allow the toy to bounce and scurry around when tapped. The head can also retract into the shell.

Check out my process for designing this thing here

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The model assembles with the printed H-Clips and needs no glue. The parts print without the need for supports.

I had some fun designing the various shell patterns that can be printed. I can upload a blank shell file if anyone is interested in designing their own shell.

If you are interested in my design process and latest 3d printing experiments, check out my website and my Twitter.

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Assembly

refer to the video to see the assembly process.

Updates

Here is a list of updates since posting:
-bridge added to connect parts of the bottom piece to prevent print failure
-all stls have been adjusted to the proper print orientation

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every time i try to print this the shell dosent match the body in size as in its smaller and i printer the files as they come

Your designs are very good! I am raising money for my music department, and I would like print out and sell some of these designs for that purpose, with your approval, I am planning on writing where I got the designs from on paper that comes with the turtles. I would also like to know how you made some of these designs, with what software I mean.

Thank you! My designs are done with solidworks, since I use it for my day job I know it well.

As for selling the designs, take a look at the creative commons license information on the "thing details page". Since this design is listed as "non-commercial" you can't use it for monetary compensation. I have given the 8-bit mario a public domain license, since it is basically the original Mario, so that design can be used to sell.

That's just awesome, coolest thing I have seen here.

Thanks!

WTF You draw so good and designed it so well. Wtf. Teach me senpai.

I just think about a cool thing, then draw it, then build it. its pretty easy. haha

Printed beautifully on my Anet A8 using Rigid Ink PLA. The slider was a bit tight but I sanded it down. I didn't bother with the clips and used a tiny bit of Blu-Tack instead.

Kids love it. Thank you Jake!

Jun 11, 2017 - Modified Jun 11, 2017

Great job, only a defect in my case.. binary head a bit tight (with bottom and Hclip in abs and head and top in pla).

This should really be featured! Awesome design. Printed fine in PLA with good head-sliding and body-bounching. Got a bit of curling around the turtle's neck, but that's expected for parts that are barely held to the build plate.

One piece of constructive feedback: would be nice if there was a small detent to "lock in" the head in both positions, ideally with a satisfying click.

Also: I'd suggest the Slic3f Prusa edition - was able to get smoother dome shapes with a finer resolution near the top.

good tips and thanks for the suggestion, that would be nice and I already have a component pressing on the neck so that would be a simple update

May 25, 2017 - Modified May 25, 2017

Should I use supports and if so on what parts

the sliding part of the head is to tight.
could you make the sliding part about 5% smaller?
thanks

I've been thinking of how to address this discrepancy between printers and will release several neck sizes along with a test print to help people determine the right size soon!

theres no need for supports for the shells correct?

no supports needed

printed it with petg on my anet a8, looks very nice. thanks for the design!

do you need to print this in ninga flex or can i use abs

Ninja Flex might be too flexible

just standard abs or pla is what it's designed for

I dont think would will read this but i was wondering if you have thought of making themed heads and/or legs, like having the low ploy shell and having a head that is sort of low ploy, just an idea

yea that's a good idea, I am just busy with other projects, but maybe in the future. I have also gotten some requests for a separate legs / shell so the entire shell can be a different color.

I made a few of these. Jake, you've come up with a great design.

thank you!

My turtle came out beautiful, I made it for my mom for mothers day because she collects turtle figurines. She absolutely loved it. Can't wait to make more!

Awesome! I'm glad it worked out for you.

Is anyone having trouble with the Spikey 2 shell? I've tried printing it twice and every time I do there's a gap to the right of the head hole that goes all the way to the back (sorry my describing skills aren't the best). I'm not sure if somethings gone wrong with the download (I tried re-downloading and exporting it) or what, but if anyone is having the same problem it would be good to know. Thanks!

I've printed that one a couple of times with no issues. What slicer and settings are you using?

Very nice, thank you.

I printed it on a ULTIMAKER 2+ in PLA and had to reduce the head to 97% and the two H to 96%. Now everything fits and I am happy.

That's good to know, maybe I will make a test part so people will determine what clearances work best with their printers, but I'm not quite sure of the best way to do it.

I think the problem is not your STL, because each printer prints differently. ;-)

I MUST (!!) print more Turtles, for the family :-) I like your colours, but my printer only have
one color at the same time.

May 21, 2017 - Modified May 21, 2017
davidnop - in reply to Moriis

you can print the parts seperately with different colours right?

Nice model, easy to print in PLA. Only problem I had was that I had to size the head 92% and then still had to sand it a bit so it could slide back and forward.

Can you make a frog with bouncy legs?

yes I could :)

Can someone please tell me what the Hclip is used for??

The H-clips (need 2 of them) go in the center on either side of the Turtle Head (actually neck). The main purpose is to connect the shell with the base. I highly recommend watching the video if you can.

I didn't get the video working, I did figure it out though and I made the turtle haha. I was so anxious to make it. It came out so nice!

May 17, 2017 - Modified May 17, 2017
TheFuzz1542 - in reply to Danalitch

yea, some people cant help them selves and have to be rude just for the sake of it. You might have gotten it together by now but if you didn't, the clips go in center hole to snap the bottom and top shell together. Make sure that they are lined up for the "neck" to slide between the two clips. Hopes this helps

I did figure it out. I made it for my mom for mothers day because she loves turtles. That's why I was so anxious for an answer. It came out awesome. Thank you for your help anyway, I appreciate it and your kindness!

Yes, watch the video.

Lmao rude much? It will not play on my browser, hence why I asked in the comments.

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Hello! What is the Hclip? What is that used for and do I need it to make the turtle?

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so good! thanks for pushing 3d printing techniques even further!

you're welcome. Its fun and inspiring to see all of the creative ways people are using 3d printing!

Great design. Head is a bit tight and required me to shave it down a bit. I'll try it at 90% next time.

A maker had success scaling the h clips to 97%. That's maybe something else you could try. Let me know if you have success with any different scales.

I'm realizing that 3d printers have very different tolerances.

Just curious, did you get the idea of the spring-like system from the Simplify3D supports?

I don't think so, but is basically the same shape, now that I think about it. Maybe that thought was floating around in my head when I made the design haha

Anyone figure out how to successfully get the h clips to work well?

One of the makers said that they tried scaling the h clips to 97%, that might work for you.

They are a little persnickety! But I have 4 turtles made after messing with them some. I slightly bend the "H" legs inwards some on both sides and then they seem to pop right in. Put them in like Jake shows in his video, just give those clips a little help to fit.

Any chance on a redign of this with room to put a vibrating mechanism like the hexbot toys?

Thats a neat idea! maybe ill buy one of those little motors and try it.

Nice!

are you using flex filament with this, or just PLA?

This was designed to be printed with standard PLA or ABS, I used PLA for these.

These are the best! I'm having one problem printing them out. The pieces come out looking beautiful - such a nice design. But the neck of my turtle's head does not fit into the tracks for it on the shell or the bottom piece. The necks are too fat. I'm new at this and my printer is an inexpensive entry level 3D printer, so I'm guessing its an issue with my fun, but cheap printer. I'm going to try increasing the size of the shells and bottom to see if I can get the neck to slide in. The head is big enough looking I think, that it won't look out of scale to a bigger shell.

No problem! I will save out a second head version with a thinner stem when I get home today.

You are awesome! Thank you so much!! Making these for my kids' easter baskets!

These are so awesome, such a nice design... Well Done!

Hi there. I just printed Spiky Top2, I hadn't realized it, but it's one rectangle isn't all hollow. Looks like there was a couple layers that got filled in. Is there a way to rectify this?

I checked the mesh and it looks fine from what I can tell. I'm not exactly sure where the problem is. It might help to see a pic.

Apr 11, 2017 - Modified Apr 11, 2017
Shaggy200282 - in reply to jakejake

Is there an email I can send you pics to? I have a pic of what I printed showing how I tried to tear through the fill in and a picture of the object in Simplify 3D. It looks like it happens around layer 14. I printed out the "orignal" file and it turned out great! These are awesome little turtles. Makes me think of Mario turtles. Haha. Just need to make one Red, Blue, Yellow and Green!

You can send the pic to [email protected] and I will take a look, maybe it's something I need to tweak on my file that just wasn't occurring on my printer.

Email sent. Thanks

Gonna be an awesome gift for my Mom!, She's got a collection of over 50 smallish turtles.

I've got quite a collection too, just from making this!

Why has this not been featured?! I love it!!!

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