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Low Poly Bulbasaur Planter

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Low Poly Bulbasaur Planter by Hitsman Jul 2, 2014


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I wanted to make my own Bulbasaur planter after spying the original one on Reddit and finding that it wasn't on here (which has since been rectified http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:383659).
It turns out that this model is quite tiny. The main cavity for the plant is only 18mm across. Try printing at a scale of 2.5 to 2.8 to accommodate most mini store bought plants.
I will be modifying the hole for the plant to make it a little deeper and better able to hold the roots.


My print consisted of a 2.5 scale with 3 walls and 10% infill. It weighed 135 grams (ABS) and took 14 hours on a Replicator 1.
The plant is a Pachyveria "Little Jewel" sold in a small cup at Wal-mart.
Another Gentleman on Reddit (u/GrandeSwag) found a much better plant for the build than I used. An Astrophytum Myriostigma cactus actually looks like Bulbasaur's bulb instead of IvySaur's plant.

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Made one myself on the Ultimaker 2+ Extended took only about 2 hours to print and weighs a mere 80 grams, much less than yours unless you're counting the weight of the plant itself, the hole is a little to0 small and the cavity for the plant is a little too shallow but other than that the design is very good and a great small gift for friends.

Nice model, printing my own right now.
2,5 scale, .2 layer height, 2 outer perimeters, 15% infill. Repetier says a little under 4h for the whole print.
Can't wait until it is finally finished!


Someone has copied this and re-uploaded


I printed this at 250% and it looks awesome, didn't have the right colour filament so printed in white, sprayed with enamel primer then green enamel paint. It looks fantastic. Cheers.

This is listed on ebay with title 3D Printed Low Poly Bulbasaur Planter by seller just3dprint

I was going to comment that they finally added some original pictures, but it looks like they just grabbed some other shots that people have posted here.

Made this but a little bigger at 250% scale and worked great. Thanks for awesome design

what software do you use to edit your models? they look very professional!

I use Solidworks personally, but that should not be evident in any of the pictures or files here. The original model was not created by me (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:327753). All I did was cut a hole in the back.

Low-Poly Bulbasaur

Meh. I appreciate the heads up, but I took the design from others.
I think that I'd be thankful for her not referencing me when Nintendo's lawyers come knocking because she's making money.

I made one about as big as my Ultimaker can go (about 20 cm height ) and it came out rather nice. I used a 0.8 to 1.2 mm horizontal thickness but printed it hollow so it's very lightweight yet sturdy plus it prints under 8 hours.

can you edit the file for a 3 inch planter?
or 2.5? and repost?

Just scale your model up by the diameter of your desired planter divided by 0.75. So a 3 inch planter should be scaled up by 4 (3/0.75) and a 2.5 inch planter should be scaled up by 3.33 (2.5/0.75).

This is too cool! I am dying with all of the wants!

Did you print with supports or a raft?

I haven't used either on any of the ones I've made.

hm. For some reason, when I slice this with Slic3r, it takes out the bottom of the planter (where the hole is) so that it's just an empty cylinder inside bulbasaur. Any thoughts on why this might have happened? I'm printing at .2mm, .2 infill fill density.

Hey new here too, I want to make this but a little confused on what material to use. Any suggestion? I don't own a 3d printer but was thinking of using a website like shape ways This is definitely something I want but not sure on the details and stuff.. Thanks.

To be honest, I haven't printed with anything other than ABS plastic. I know that shapeways does a ceramic powder with a binder (and many other materials), but I don't know how resilient they are or if any moisture from the soil will wick into the model and stain it.
Shapeways might cost you a decent amount if you want to make this at a reasonable size. The model here needs to be scaled up 2.5x to be useful. I know that the reddit thread that spawned this had a guy who was offering to make these for people on his home 3D printer at cost (profit on a Nintendo property is a big no-no).

Sorry, I'm new here and confused. Why does the STL file say its only a certificate and can't be used?

*.stl is also a file extension for a "Certificate Trust List"
You should open the file with your CAD program instead of just windows or change your file association so that STL will be recognized by whatever CAD system you use.

What is that thick leafed plant in the pictures called?

The plant is a Pachyveria "Little Jewel" sold in a small cup at Wal-mart.

Don't forget to scale this up as noted in the info! At 100%, its pretty small and will only fit the tiniest of plants. You can find succulents and air-plants at some hardware stores (that have a garden department) or at nurseries/garden supply stores.

Hey, just wondering, where did you buy the little plant? Trying to find one but not sure where to look...

He said in the description that the plan is from Walmart. It's called the Pachyveria "Little Jewel." It comes in a small cup.

I was going to suggest you to make a little hole, but you already did it! I love it!

I wish i could do these things. i love the idea of a Bulbasaur Planter. Maybe a charmander candle holder?

this was on reddit

Yes, he clearly stated that in the description.