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Reptile Snake Skin Pattern 3D Print

How do you get a reptile snake skin appearance in a 3D print? We stumbled onto a cool method!

I was printing a combat robot chassis and stumbled upon this happy accident of a snake / reptile skin effect. To get durability in a bot for the “plastic ant” class, with its 1lb weight limit, and requirement that chassis and weapons must be 3D printed using only PLA, ABS or PETg, I used Chroma Strand Labs INOVA-1800 translucent green 3D printer filament, mainly because it looks cool- Watch for translucent green in Chroma Strand Labs’ value priced INOVA-2008 PETg soon!

3d print of a combat robot chassis in translucent green INOVA-1800 filament and cubic infill.
3d print of a combat robot chassis in translucent green INOVA-1800 filament and cubic infill. I didn’t start out to have it look like a snake- the pupils in the engraved eyes were originally round, but when I saw another print of the wheel skirts and noticed the reptile pattern, I hopped back in Fusion 360 and quickly changed them to snake eyes!

The LulzBot Mini made a beautiful print, and the build volume was “just right” for a plastic ant. A good rule of thumb- If you need a LulzBot TAZ‘s build volume, your ant is going to be too heavy (ask me how I know..).

 

Angle view to show infill pattern
Angle view to show infill pattern

I created the model in Autodesk Fusion 360 (free for maker / student / non-commercial use!!) which has been an easy to use yet staggeringly powerful 3D modeling tool for quickly iterating through designs. The cloud sync makes it a snap to move between computers!

Side view- check out those nice unsupported overhangs!
Side view- check out those nice unsupported overhangs!

The key to is the infill pattern. I was experimenting with different infill patterns in the new CURA 2 LulzBot Edition Alpha and chose cubic for it’s strength. By happy accident, the combination of the translucent green INOVA-1800 and cubic infill yielded this cool pattern!  Pictured don’t really do it justice as the surface is shiny, and the pattern shifts as it catches the light.

 

Rear view. The engraved text came out pretty well!
Rear view. The engraved text came out pretty well!

We have free shipping on Chroma Strand Labs filement, buy some INOVA-1800 today and show us what kind of reptile prints you come up with!

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Fastest 3D print you’ll see today!

We 3D printed this 10″ tall A New Vase by Benito Sanduci in only 50 minutes on our LulzBot TAZ 6 with high volume MOARstrude tool head in Polymaker Polylite PLA.

The time lapse was done by a Raspberry Pi running Octopi

 

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Local Middle School’s 3D printing getting national coverage

Local Middle School teacher Jacob Marshall and the Lucille Erwin Middle School‘s Mesa RC 3D printing program (Students make the website and all the media, check out their site!)  was featured in a School 3D Printing case study by LulzBot, which was just featured on  www.3dprint.com

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Lucille Erwin Middle School MESARC on www.3dprint.com

 

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Check out these great 3D prints!

High resolution 3D printed mug

Keith has been working on high resolution prints lately, and has been getting great results with his LulzBot TAZ 5 and TAZ 6. The mug and tube were printed in natural ABS to minimize the effect of filament dye on print quality with .13 and .15mm layer heights.  The pictures don’t really do justice to how smooth the surfaces are. The only finishing was to remove some support material on the mug, these are as printed, not sanded or otherwise finished.  Simplify3d was used for slicing and support generation.

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