Origami Crane

by lili_czarina, published

Origami Crane by lili_czarina Jan 2, 2013

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To wish us peace and luck in the new year, I designed a 3D printable origami crane. I like the idea of translating folded paper into plastic. The crane comes in parts that can be put together. Eventually I'd like to modify wings to build a family of different sized cranes.


There are 5 parts: the body, wings, head, tail and a connector to hold the wings and body together. You'll want to be thoughtful with placement of supports and platform placement to minimize overhang and roughness. For the wing, I made sure the front facing part was on top (it's one part, so I rotated it on the platform for the second wing in RepG.) The head is very delicate, so I printed it standing straight up with support-like a skyscraper-with the head at the top.

I printed everything in ABS at .2 with 10% fill (there's not a lot of fill). Designed from scratch in TinkerCAD.

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What machine did you print it on?

This was printed on a Makerbot Replicator Dual Extruder Model. It was printed in parts everything except the main body and the connector needed support.

I dig the idea of plastic origami. Well done!

Thanks! I hope to do more-it's also a good way to learn the programs and think about construction. Fun!