Venetian Lion

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Venetian Lion by tbuser Apr 20, 2011

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Sometime probably in the 1400's it probably took some poor dudes a lifetime to learn how to mine the marble, transport it to Venice, and painstakingly chisel out this Lion statue.

Fast forward to 2011 and some guy with an iPhone can visit Venice on vacation, take a few pictures, upload it to the internet and within minutes it can be recreated in plastic miniature on my desktop on the other side of the planet!

I cleaned up this awesome scan, resized it, and made it into a solid. You'll need to turn on support!

Update: I uploaded a new version that properly sets his feet on the platform. If you tried printing it and it started too high, re-download the new stl.


Printing Tips:

Using Skeinforge 35, turn on raft, set support to exterior only.

Under raft:
Support Minimum Angle (degrees): 46.0
Support Flow Rate over Operating Flow Rate (ratio): 1.5
Support Gap over Perimeter Extrusion Width (ratio): 1.0
Raft Additional Margin over Length (%): 1.2
Raft Margin (mm): 3.0
Interface Infill Density (ratio): 0.5

To prevent it from doing tons of bridge layers that result in almost 100% infill, go into Carve and turn off Infill in Direction of Bridges!

Also I used 1 extra shell and infill at 0.1

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I can't get this thing to slice properly... Keep getting 100% infill even after I disable infill in the direction of bridges. I tried using SF 50, SF 35, SkeinPyPy, no luck. Anything I'm missing?

Just his Head as I don't like using support - In Bling-Bling 'Lion' Gold from Faberdashery. 8-)

nice~are you use abs or pla printed the lion?

i am use pla to printed so bad , abs is good


Very nice! Do you think you could write up a short tutorial (or a few bullet points) on the process of turning a point cloud into a solid, printable STL? :-D

Thanks for the setup tips. It saved a lot of ABS. The support can be tricky to remove though, specially under the belly. There were some open spots close to the tip of the tail, but that is probably due when the surface gets horizontal

Cool, yeah I think the support could be made even more sparse to make it easier to crack open.

Beautiful print.

LOL... guess at least in the 1400th, the artist was not worried about some other poor sab chopping out another slab of marble and then chiseling a copy of his lion.. potent demonstration of what can be done with a iPhone and a 3D printer. The guy would probably need counseling if he had seen
the print happen.

Things are getting more fun by the day really - check out

Yeah, trimensional is fun, check out my printed face: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:7748http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

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This is very smart editing and incredibly fast professional work. Great job, I love it!