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Barbie Armor and Battle Tardigrade 3D printed

When I saw the Zheng3 3D printed Barbie armor and Tardigrade models, I knew I had to print them.
Many hours of print time on our LulzBot Mini with Flexystruder, TAZ 5, and TAZ 6, and we had one sweet Barbie Tardigrade! Barbie’s clothing is printed in grass Ninjaflex, and the Tardigrade is printed in black ABS and Pink PLA.  Tip: don’t mix 2 materials as they expand and shrink at different rates and cause the joint fit to be uneven. PLA was a bit too brittle for this as well. nGen or another polyester filament probably would have been ideal, but we had a bunch of PLA and ABS, and pink/black looks cool!
We’ll be displaying them at the Loveland CreatorSpace booth at this weekend’s Denver Mini Maker Faire, stop by and say hi.
Bonus: cameo by famous cosplayer Bindi Smalls

Barbie and her Tardigrade
Barbie and her Tardigrade
Tardigrade 3d print partially assembled
Tardigrade 3d print partially assembled
LulzBot TAZ 6 doing a great job print the unsupported tardigrade body sections in PLA with high overhangs.
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Some of the Barbie sized weapons in the Zhang3 file package.
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LulzBot Mini with Flexystruder printing Barbie’s flexible boots and clothing. We also printed the Tardigrade’s saddle in flexible Ninjaflex
Tardigrade legs and claws
Tardigrade legs and claws
Channel lock pliers was handy inserting the claws.
Channel lock pliers was handy inserting the claws.
Tardigrade body section in ABS
Tardigrade body section in ABS
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Electron microscope image of a tardigrade, courtesy of weebly.com
Famous cosplayer Bindi Smalls stopped by for more cosplay 3D printing hardware and was kind enough to do a photo op with Barbie and her battle tardigrade.
Famous cosplayer Bindi Smalls stopped by for more cosplay 3D printing hardware and was kind enough to do a photo op with Barbie and her battle tardigrade.
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Barbie’s shield is PLA. Yes, that’s a boot knife 🙂

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