Big Whale Jumping

by GabrielYun, published

Big Whale Jumping by GabrielYun Jun 4, 2017
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Size: 144 x 148 x 81 mm

Printer: Cubicon Style

Material: PLA natural

Layer 0.2 mm, Wall 1.2 mm, Infill 10%

Note: I put a manual support beneath the tip of whale’s left flipper (top 0.4, middle 4, bottom 8 mm size).

Whale and water.stl

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I never joined whale watching yet, but their many photographs are real astonishments to me all the time.
I designed this little sculpture with Rhino, focusing on the astonishing giant scale of whale body (in contrast with a tiny human figure) as well as the dynamic movement of the largest see creature ever found.

For ease of colouring, I have separated the boat, the human figure, and the hat. Assembly should be quite easy, but dealing with tiny parts might annoy you - I beg your pardon.

Thank you and have fun!

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Cubicon Style


Doesn't Matter




0.2 mm




I put a manual support beneath the tip of whale’s left flipper (top 0.4, middle 4, bottom 8 mm size).


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I love your model man.. unfortunately I can't print it it it's current state. Your design choice to have the odd rod in the middle for the flippers, while also having a flipper dangling over air, and the inside not actually be hollow means this thing is a nightmare to slice. The only way to print the free hanging flipper is to use so much support that it ruins it, and the middle having those weird walls (instead of being solid and allowing the slicer to determine how it is filled) means the slicer has to print supports inside - and they fail.

I know things on Thingiverse are free and beggars can't be choosers, but I am really sad that I can't print this model properly because I wanted to give it as a present to someone. Why oh why did you do these weird things? :(

Hi, Jacob!
Thank you for sharing your experience and opinion. I admit that this design is not very easy to print. I'll try to make better ones in the future. ^^;

This is very nice work. The version shown on Prusa MM website does not have a link to thier version. Can you supply it, or was a remix?

Prusa i3 multimaterial website under 3d prints. It is a modified 2 color with a soluble support filament.

Hi! I checked out the Prusa Research website.
It looks like the version is a modification (derivative work) because it is different from my original design. So you'll have to ask them for the file if you want that version.
I'll contact them later to correct the web page description -- so that the version may not be misunderstood as my original work.

Thank you for letting me know this situation.

Hi, esemikemorse!
Thank you for your kind comment. I’d like to help you but I do not understand what you mean by “Prusa MM website”. Can you give me the URL?

Great design! I used to live on Maui and have been on Many whale watches. Even caught a breech. I think you caught it just right. That you designed this in Rhino (my fav 3D pre-print design program), is mind boggling! Thanks. I'm going to try and print one!

Hi, MauiMacMan!
I am so pleased that you liked and 'approved' my design -- you as a person having the experience of watching real whales. My goal was to convey the wonderful feeling of whale watching (um..., photographs), I think I did my job :O)

Hope to see your make soon. I recommend using tweezers when you put together tiny parts.