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Tika Alpaca (movable legs!)

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Tika Alpaca (movable legs!) by TikaAlpaca Sep 19, 2017

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Summary

A friendly pack animal to carry you through the day. With two pairs of movable legs and a spirit for adventure, this alpaca will surely brighten your life.
Alpacas get lonely. So why not print in pairs?

Designed as an aesthetic, multi-functional test and calibration model, this alpaca works great for testing your printer's bridging, overhang, supports, and bed adhesion capability as shown here.

If you like our work and wish to support more creativity, support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Tika2017

If you like this smooth, clean look, you might like Grumbo, our solid, blocky elephant.

Note
Make sure you give your new best friend enough infill, otherwise the tail might detach.
You can print this alpaca down to 60% of provided size (baby alpacas!!!) if your printer can work with a bridge of clearance 0.3mm. The original has 0.5mm clearance.
Inspiration from: LeFabshop Elephant

Do you want a discount to print this on 3D Hubs? Here you go: http://3dhubs.refr.cc/5D323XS
How about discounted filament? http://r.sloyalty.com/r/vowQk944fAdh
See apps, projects, and other designs we make at tika.io

Print Settings

Printer:

Printrbot Play

Rafts:

No

Supports:

Doesn't Matter

Infill:

20%


Notes:

Print the first layer slow, crank cooling up for all others. Watch out for the overhangs of joints and over legs.

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And do I have to put some things to hold the areas where nothing is printed or it is not necesary?

No, you can print these as is. If your printer is calibrated even half-decently, you should get acceptable results for the parts over the legs. Besides, the model is meant to test that ability.

Can I print them with PLA or do I need an other material that goes better with the figure?

I've exclusively printed them in PLA, nothing else. I recommend rigid.ink filament, and I even have a referral code so you get a discount if you get some: http://r.sloyalty.com/r/vowQk944fAdh

I would recommend a version with no ears or rounded ears. The current versions ears are razor pointy and not well suited for children. With that said my children, 2 and 4, love it!

Hello, many thanks for my absolute favorite 3D object yet. I have printed....many. Very many. Anway....I see you uploaded a new version today, what did you change?!

Well you see, I opened the alpaca in Meshmixer and noticed the Inspect tool flagged some defects. Even when I auto-fixed, there was nothing visually different that I noticed. So I suppose nothing has changed with the actual print.

That's a lot of alpacas. Thank you for sharing that! You just made my day.

What is the tolerance on the moving legs?

If you download the file as is, it's 0.5mm. Every half-decent FDM machine should be able to handle this.

I already printed one alpaca and it turned out beautiful.
but now i want to modify it a little bit to make a holder out of it for in my living room.
But the design is to complicated to make a solid body from the stl file.
do you happen to have the STP file somewhere.

kind regards

You bet! I'll direct message the STP to you right now!

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LOVE! I'm going to try and print one or two of these today!

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These are so cute it hurts, i printed one so far and i didnt even take it off the printer bed before it was claimed :P great job on the design, love that it prints assembly free

Aww so glad you like it! Print in place moving stuff has always fascinated me, too.

I printed this and it turned out great! Alpacas are great and these are just so cute!

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Glad you like it! If you want more alpaca, you can try printing a family with smaller ones.

I have some little ones printing as I type this reply! I'll be sure to post pictures when they're all done.

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Some pictures don't show up as the thumbnail even though they're first in the order because they're the wrong size, I think. Is that what you mean?

How did you print this without any supports? I tried both MatterControl and Print Studio, and both automatically added a bunch of supports for the nose, neck segments and leg segments

There should be an option to disable supports in your slicer. In Cura. which I use, it's a simple checkbox.
The model is not intended to be printed with supports, because it's meant to double as a test of your printer's overhang and bridging capabilities.
I printed all of mine on a Printrbot Play, and the portions over the legs turn out fine, with a tiny bit of messiness, that's all. The legs remain fully functional, though!

i haven't yet tried printing this myself, but just looking at the horizontal overhangs on the leg "fenders" makes me think it needs supports there, at least.
going to try it with supports first.

You would need good bridging, but I believe that this could be done without supports.

I have never tried supports, and I don't think they'll make much difference? I designed this as a bridging and overhang test in the background, so it's besides the point anyway :}

What program did you design this in

Fusion 360 was used for most of it, and Meshmixer was involved a bit at the end for little things.

Lol you really like alpacas

Daz right. We DO.

Congrats for your featured model ! Just downloaded it , i will ty to print it on my dagoma discoeasy 200, i'll add the made if the print looks good !

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