Easy-Print Pokeball

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Easy-Print Pokeball by stact13 May 5, 2013
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Here's a pokeball I made for a friend, with the goals of being as accurate and easy-to-print as possible. It uses 4 separate parts that can be easily printed and painted, then assembled with or without glue.

The outer diameter is 10 centimeters before scaling.


NOTE: There are three versions of this model: the 0.1 mm tolerance version is recommended for a snug, glue-less assembly. The 0.3 mm version is highly recommended if you plan on scaling down the model. A legacy version is also available if you need to replace any parts you printed prior to 2015-02-20.

  • Print two outer shells, one inner ring, and one button.

  • Paint the pieces separately.

  • Assemble with or without some weights inside (screws, nuts, ball bearings, etc...). You can also use crumpled paper to stop the weights from rattling. Glue is optional.

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Really good, easy to print model! no problems with the print on my prusa i3. used 0.3mm model scaled down to 50% no support.

Do you have the STP or CAD file you can send to [email protected]?

The question is, how small can the 3mm tolerance version go and still assemble properly?

Ok, tried scaling it down to 30mm diameter, everything works nicely and even the button fits the hole, but the red and white halves don't stay on the black half. Hmm...

The shells need supports?

i was sent here by barnacules. this thing is so cool and way more simple than the other pokeballs.

Maybe could you add a way to open it

can't wait to print it!!!!

View: OuterShell.stl
Filesize: 2043.24kB
Triangles: 7476
Number of holes: 16
Number of shells: 1
Mesh is not manifold and oriented.

Repaired fileView: OuterShell_fixed.stl
Filesize: 369.61kB
Mesh is manifold and oriented.

I printed this about 2 weeks ago and it is awesome! With sanding and painting it looks soooooo real. It is air tight also!

I printed a smaller version, check it out! Also could you please model a Master ball? I would love to print one out so this little guy had company :P

Thanks for trying it out! I have more Pokeballs planned; give me a few weeks for a Master ball, and expect even more some time after that.