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Tika Alpaca (movable legs!)

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Tika Alpaca (movable legs!) by TikaAlpaca Sep 19, 2017

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A friendly pack animal to carry you through the day. With two pairs of movable legs and a spirit for adventure, this alpaca will surely brighten your life.
Alpacas get lonely. So why not print in pairs?

Designed as an aesthetic, multi-functional test and calibration model, this alpaca works great for testing your printer's bridging, overhang, and bed adhesion capability.

If you like this smooth, clean look, you might like Grumbo, our solid, blocky elephant.

Note: You can print this alpaca down to 60% of provided size (baby pacas!!!) if your printer can work with a bridge of clearance 0.3mm. The original has 0.5mm clearance.
Inspiration from: LeFabshop Elephant

See apps, projects, and other designs we make at tika.io

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Printrbot Play




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Print the first layer slow, crank cooling up for all others. Watch out for the overhangs of joints and over legs.

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LOVE! I'm going to try and print one or two of these today!

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These are so cute it hurts, i printed one so far and i didnt even take it off the printer bed before it was claimed :P great job on the design, love that it prints assembly free

Aww so glad you like it! Print in place moving stuff has always fascinated me, too.

I printed this and it turned out great! Alpacas are great and these are just so cute!

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Glad you like it! If you want more alpaca, you can try printing a family with smaller ones.

I have some little ones printing as I type this reply! I'll be sure to post pictures when they're all done.

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Some pictures don't show up as the thumbnail even though they're first in the order because they're the wrong size, I think. Is that what you mean?

How did you print this without any supports? I tried both MatterControl and Print Studio, and both automatically added a bunch of supports for the nose, neck segments and leg segments

There should be an option to disable supports in your slicer. In Cura. which I use, it's a simple checkbox.
The model is not intended to be printed with supports, because it's meant to double as a test of your printer's overhang and bridging capabilities.
I printed all of mine on a Printrbot Play, and the portions over the legs turn out fine, with a tiny bit of messiness, that's all. The legs remain fully functional, though!

i haven't yet tried printing this myself, but just looking at the horizontal overhangs on the leg "fenders" makes me think it needs supports there, at least.
going to try it with supports first.

You would need good bridging, but I believe that this could be done without supports.

I have never tried supports, and I don't think they'll make much difference? I designed this as a bridging and overhang test in the background, so it's besides the point anyway :}

What program did you design this in

Fusion 360 was used for most of it, and Meshmixer was involved a bit at the end for little things.

Lol you really like alpacas

Daz right. We DO.

Congrats for your featured model ! Just downloaded it , i will ty to print it on my dagoma discoeasy 200, i'll add the made if the print looks good !