Working pokeball / Pokeball fonctionnelle

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Working pokeball / Pokeball fonctionnelle by Cerb Jan 21, 2015


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Working pokeball with spring and button for the opening.made for a friend of mine for whom I already printed the low-poly pokemons from Flowalistik.
Designed with minimum pieces number (only 3 different) and as close as possible from original pokeball concept art.

Pokeball fonctionnelle avec ressort et bouton, crée pour une amie pour qui j'avais déjà imprimé les pokemons low-poly de Flowalistik.
Conçue avec le minimum de pièces (seulement 3 différentes) et aussi proche que possible du concept art original.


Designed on PTC Creo
Refer to images for button spring definition
Hinge axis is about 20mm long and 2mm diameter
Hinge spring is a left hand torsion spring

Conçue sur PTC Creo
Voir les images pour la définition du ressort bouton
L'axe de charnière fait environ 200mm de long et diamètre 2mm
Le ressort de charnière est un ressort de torsion à gauche

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Nice job you've done there!
I want to do one like you but I want to stock Gameboy cards in. Can you send/post an editable file, so i can modify it?


What editable file format can you use ? A non mesh format like IGES or STEP ?

False advertisement.. threw it at my dog and it didn't work..

Great work! :D

Can I buy one from you? I don't have a 3D Printer, so I can't make this myself sadly

Hi Spider934

I'm sorry but I live in France.
I think you could ask someone with a 3D printer to make it for you in your city or maybe use a web service to print and send it like Shapeways.

dont you need different inner piece and not the same one to connect together with spring?

Hi CaptainDameron

As I said in the instructions, you only need one torsion spring, one hinge axis and one piano wire (or music wire, don't know how to say in english) to make the button spring.

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I'm new to 3D printing can you please make a video on how to print this with the 3D printer and put it together?

Hello Shawndrick
Making a video is not easy for me but printing these parts is pretty simple. Just follow the instructions I wrote in reply to random11 below. Just have to reorient the parts in your printer software. The rest depends on your printer itself. If you're not confident with it, I only can advice you to search the internet for informations about print parameters and hints related to your printer.

Wait don't I need 2 slightly different interior pieces?

Hi Rick
The interior pieces are the same piece but reversible. As the exterior pieces. You only need to print both of them twice and the button to have a full pokeball.
Show us the result if you finish it ;-)

Thanks. I figured it out after thinking about it long enough. One have of the ball and interior are painted, just came in to work with the baby to use the printer to do the other half :) I'll post pics when it's done.

I printed the first shell and sprayed it a metallic red and my son loved it, he has a little Pikachu I printed sitting in it. I'm trying to finish the model now but I can't remember if I scaled the shell or not! :) Thanks for the great work though. I hope I can get the sprint to work.

Thank you very much :-)

did you paint the pieces. If so what kind of paint/finish. Did you sand the pieces or use acetone to smooth them out?

No acetone finish, I just sanded the pieces then painted with spray paint.
I should have spend more time on this but the recipient was impatient :-)
I think the 0.3mm slices would be too much for only acetone finishing (I also don't tried it).

What were the settings you used when printing this? where did you get the springs? or at least where did you get the metal wire for the springs?


I used 3mm ABS with a 0.4mm nozzle and 0.3mm slices, temperature settings depends on your printer.
The 3D models ar not correctly oriented, sorry about that. I reoriented them to have the visibles surfaces on top (like a dome for external piece and like a cup for the internal) to ensure better visible surfaces aspect.
I made the button spring with a 0.5mm section metal wire. You only have to follow the definition I added in the images.
I found the hinge spring in a set I had. I had to place a little cylinder in to avoid a too large gap with the axis. You can use any that fit in the hinge.

Hope this helps