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by LeFabShop Feb 25, 2014
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i have a quick question is the head supposed to move? i don't want to force it if is not.

PrintrBot Simple Metal Printed the smaller one pretty well at .4mm speed 40 heat 190 from Cura 4.1. Took a knife along the seams for the legs and with a small amount of force it now moves freely. The head does not move. Im not sure if its supposed to.

Is it possible to have a version where the front/back legs are separately pose-able? For example, standing on one front and one back leg, while the other front and other back legs stick out?

awesome print - thank you.
Printed in Colour change with no issues.
Please consider doing another one with a Rhino head

Fantastic little model, printed on the Ender 3 Pro with Blue PLA+ no problems, 0.2mm layer height standard settings Cura 4 - Thank you...

I have made attached model that fill out the holes in the trunk. You have to combine it with the original LFS_Elephant.STL model.

Awesome! After getting bored by printing calibration cubes, stringing/ooze tests etc. I felt like printing something for our 3 year old daughter. Did the smaller version and it turned out pretty good, legs move easily.

Most important: she loves it!

Thanks heaps for making this cute figurine available!

Very cute! I printed the XS and it's perfect!

Looking for suggestions. Printed on ender 3, 20% infil, 0.2 layer height sliced with cura. The legs don't move, tried forcing them, they just broke. Any suggestions on what to change?

Hard to say from the info you shared, might have something to do with the Cura profile not being optimal. Maybe you have overextrusion or something else "blocks" the joints ... I am by no means an expert, but maybe your Cura profile still needs some tweaking!?

I printed on an Ender 3 yesterday, also 0.2 mm layer hight, 95% extrusion rate, 10% infill also sliced in Cura. Came out good, but not perfect (slight overextrusion). Legs were sticking a bit initially, but now move easily

Greetings from Nantes :-)


This is such an adorable print!

Can i scale this down or up? The two files provided, one is too big and one is too small, i was thinking of scaling the big one to 80%. Would that print ok or would it mess up the tolerances and make the joints fuse together. Thanks in advance

"Download all" link no longer works-- takes you to 'files'.

If any one can help me out that’d be awesome! My issue is that I’ve attempted to print this twice (the smaller size) I haven’t messed with it in anyway besides opening it in cura and hitting save to sd card. It’s gotten most of the way up the legs and each time failed at the same exact spot. It may be a printer issue (the on switch has melted in the on position possibly causing other problems). If you have any ideas please let me know.
Using inland grey pls 1.75
Mono price mini select v2
Temp head: 205c° bed: 60c°

how do i get his little feet and head to be movable? He is rock solid and wont budge!

Thank you ! It is so cute ! And I didn't even battle with the print to free the several parts

Printing @ 2.5 times scale. almost max on my FLSUN CUBE. I'll post later.

trying this in my new Ender 3 :D thank you looks great!

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Printed this design and scaled it down to 50% It printed in 1 hour and 30 minutes with a raft and no support. The final outcome was perfect! There were some little hairs but overall it's extremely fun to play with. It's head wobbles and it's legs move, it's very adorable.

Hi I made a remix with a little ring on the tail to use as keyring, but I see source is disabled for this file. Is not allowed to remix it?

Sadly had 4 attemps on this, with raft, without raft, 2 printers cr10, and Aurora...
every single time lifts of the bed or raft,

3 different filaments, all at195/65

so just giving up, shame my printers print everything else ive thrown at it., no idea why this doesnt

Hey, if you still want to try... I had a bit of an issue getting my first try to stick to the bed so I printed with a small brim and that worked fine. You probably also want to go really slow for the first layer, and make sure your nozzle height is low enough to squish the first layer down a bit. This model has a smallish contact patch on the bed for the profile.

brim worked for me too. My ender3 seems to have trouble starting prints that have a small "footprint", things just won't stick to the bed or get rubbed off, but adding a brim almost always does the job.

That is an amazing color! What color and from what brand is this PLA? Thank you.

The Thing Details say: "We used MakerBot's Pumpkin orange PLA."

It looks really cool, wil try to priny one out


Thanks. My son likes this elephant.

very cool litte elephant

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J aimerai savoir le réglage qu'il faut faire pour ne pas voir le remplissage

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Where supports necessary?

Prints pretty well with no supports.
Where you may want to add them is between the top of the legs and the body. Without them you get a few 'hanging strands' you'll probably want to clear after printing (model looks fine afterwards). Problem gets worse the larger your print and the worse your cooling.
I'd give it a crack without at first though, you can't have too many elephants :)

Ahh, I was just reading about how Le FabShop closed down in 2016! :¬( That's pretty sad. Such great designs too.

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Very cool model! As others have said, it needs a little tail :)

Adding this sort of negative text without any explanation is not helpful, I think your frustration got the better of you. The model printed beautifully for me, and I really like it.

It took me 14 tries to get it sorted. This model really tested my amateur printing ability. I had to mess with all sorts of print settings to get it to print properly. Took 9 hours when it finally printed. I have an Anet A6. Once I got it sorted, it printed perfectly. Tested my patience for 3 days. But I was determined to get it to work. Now my printer is tip top AND I have the knowledge to make better prints in the future, because I know how to correct the little issues. My wife wanted this specific print. And she got it:)

How did you succeed? What print speeds, number of perimeters, temps etc? I'm having a time with this lol.

Right on, glad you got it sorted out. Once you get a process that works for you, it really is a nice model. My kids keep wanting more of them in different colors :)

looks like the head moves because of the slits is it meant to do this or just stay still i haven't tried it yet its for my teachers birthday she likes elaphants

Hello, this is a great little print. I have printed it by now, but I am a little concerned with trying to separate the legs from the body. They seem to be very attached, it looks like I can break the print. Any advise on how to go about this?

I just printed my first ele right now and had to gently use pliers to grip the legs and move each side a little bit at a time. It was not easy. They seem to be stuck by a small skirt of plastic that comes down from the body. You could try to reduce it if you have a fine pointed scapel blade in a strong holder or hobby knife.

does anyone know the size of the cuts on the trunk? would love to print this to use as an SD card holder

Thanks a lot for this model ! It will be print for a children Party !

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Added a little material to the trunk where it felt pretty weak

sorry, i'm new to 3d printing. how do you edit an STL file? would love to play with this to make the trunk be an SD card holder but i think as it is the slits might be too wide

i would try tinkercad, if that doesn't work, then meshmixer, if that doesnt work, then blender.

report back if none of that works

im sure google and youtube have more info on them about the topic than we will ever know as well.

good luck and god is speed

What color/brand/material did you use in the example? I absolutely love that color. It's like a reddish orange. Where can I get some?!

I think it might be called "Lava"

Did you print that in flex material or hard?

PLA...but a flex material would be awesome. I might try that in the morning

Post pics if you do! I hope the flex doesn't stick the legs to the body...

its so pretty!!! does it need any support for when you print it laying down?

what infill and resolution? sorry too many comments

20% I.F.
.2mm resolution is fine

For anybody interested, I strongly believe it was created in Rhino...

Anyone know why this would print 2/3 and then stop. My MP Select Mini V2 says that the print job was completed. I am brand new to 3D printing and cant figure out why this happened. I used Cura software.

Not sure if it applies to your printer but check your connecting wires. I have to replace the 4 pin connector that goes from board to power supply. Caused all my prints to go for a bit and then just stop

I used to have a similar issue with my Monoprice, try using you own SD card, or saving the .gcode directly to the card and not going through your computer first. The first fixed my issue up to this point, but the second did fix it for awhile.

It is likely an issue with your printer (eg overheated, bad read of file, etc). or with the slicing. I would suggest troubleshooting starting with the file that was sent to the printer. If it is just gcode, then import that gcode and see if it only is 3/4 of the model, if so then check slicer settings and make sure you may not have copied the file prematurely. I have done that, where I pulled SD card out too early and was surprised that only 50% of file copied over.

If the file is good then confirm there are no issues with your printer (ie try another large model)

We know its not the model as this is one of the great flagship designs that we all use to show off how great 3D printing is to our friends and family. Great Design.

Thanks, Ill check it out. I am trying another large one right now.

Great model...really fun and a good simple example of integrated/printed joints.

This really doesnt print well for me..

Major striations along the body and legs, parts of the trunk and what became the head really wanted to warp upwards after being laid down at the corners, I had to sit by and correct layers with a lighter. On top of that the area of the body after it covers the legs didnt seem to bridge very well. Am I doing it wrong?

Have you tuned the printer? Set the esteps and the PID?

I did the remix but when I try and post it I'm told your license does not allow remixes... Can I get your permission? I simply used tinketcad to place some cones inside the trunk to make it less fragile.

I'm currently working on a small remix so the truck is much more solid. Printing one now...if it looks decent I'll post a remix.

The best gift for my daughter!

Worked perfectly on the small model on a BCN3D Sigma. All joints work perfectly, and the finish is very good. Wish the trunk was solid though, my daughter managed to snap it within minutes.

Nice, pefect print;) was my best print ^^

Has anyone printed this on an Anet A8

Yes... came out perfect!

Worked great first time. Cheers.

imposible el poder descargar los archivos, al parecer no están disponibles, se encuentran bloqueados o cifrados.

haha,it isreally classical

download from the Thing Files

Will not download. please help

Try downloading from thing files. I'm having the same problem.

Be careful if you use Simplify 3D to slice to make sure that "Advanced" / "Merge all outline into a single solid model" is not enabled or you will not be able to move the legs or if you can you will end up with holes in the legs like I did...

And I also wish there was an option for a solid trump, at least for the small model.

Other than that it's great!

i cant download this , anyone got the files that they can send me?

For some reason, this will not download for me. I can download everything else on thingiverse just fine, but not this.

Help the front legs don' t move

Hi, is there any chance you can supply .obj or other editable file? I want to make some modifications specifically to the trunk for added support as I'm printing this for a young kid and its bound to break at the trunk.

thank you in advance.

Base of the trunk is has pretty weak point. I printed on 0.2mm resolution with 100% and 110% scale and trunk broke on both models near tusk ends. I have to glue it back in both cases. But kids like it a lot anyway! This is for a smaller version.

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for some reason when i click download, it doesnt start downloading. anyone else have that issue?

The files are lower down on the page...LFS_Elephant_Geant.stl and LFS_Elephant.stl

very good i like the fact that u can move everything

Beautiful elephant. Would love the trunk to be solid. My son keeps snapping it off :(

Very nice print! Printed on my Prusa i3 MK2 at 150um height. Turned out fantastic!

I would like more people to be aware that the original license for this Thing was a Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution ShareAlike License. It was published on Feb 25, 2014. As of July 10th, 2014 it was still available under the above listed license. However by July 12th, 2014, the license was changed to Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution - NonCommercial-NoDerivatives http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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how do I make one? the same?

thanks for the nice elephant model

thank you Nice model. I wish I had the 3d modelling skills to shape an opening in his back with the rest of his back as I clip on lid.

Downloaded and tried to open in may stl apps but nothing is being displayed?

use makerbot desktop:)

hey, do you use any support material?

it needs a tail!! :0=

So awesome!!! Thank you for sharing. Printed out wonderfully with PLA. So cute!!

Got this to print pretty easily with just a few bits of PLA restricting the movement of the legs. Used an Exacto to free them up, and now they work great. How much movement does the head allow for? I've got a tiny bit of play there after using the Exacto on it, but I'm just not sure what the range of motion is. I've not seen any examples of the head being in a drastically different position once it's printed, so could someone shed some light on this?

Thanks. Really nice design.

I'm trying to figure it out too. My heads too have a tiny bit of play.

i printed it for my little sister on my Flashforge Finder and it worked great .

Did you use raft?

Did you use raft?

Did you use raft?

Made this as the 3rd print on my new Flashforge Finder . Legs and head moved with no issues just needed minor cleanup around the leg sockets. Used PLA .
Wonderful design Thanks for sharing it.

Love this thing but it is a pain in the butt to print. I'm using Simplify3D, a MakerGear M2, pla and with zero infill. I've tried with painter's tape, with hair spray, and using a raft and scafolding. Ultimately a piece becomes loose while printing and either breaks off or is damaged. I did get one print with some minor leg damage and a minor broken tusk - but the legs worked and my granddaughter loved it :-)

If anyone has an M2 or can just give me suggestion it would be appreciated - I am very green with 3d printing.


I had the same problem and I turned the first layer speed down to 10mm/s and it worked quite well. I also printed with 15% infill and increased the temperature of my bed to 60C from 50C for this print as some parts wouldn't stick.

I have the same set up, but printed it with a 15% infill with pla, simply3d, and a makergear m2.

I used a raft and increased the temp of extruder to 220

try using a raft

I cant print this elephant? hictop prusa i3 mendel 3dp11. Cura Windows. Version: 15.04.5 Release, default settings. Each time I try to print this elephant it starts to slide at random points. I can print anything else, before and after so it appears as though its not a mechanical problem. Anyone else having issues?

Seems to be an adhesion problem, perhaps the head is too far from the bed. If you are not using a heated bed try using blue painter's tape.

It could be that. I noticed some other prints starting to "pop" off the bed after about 20min or so. Up until now things have been printing awesome. (I just built the machine three weeks ago and have probably printed for 15 hours total). I'm assuming its good practice to clean off the glue from the glue-stick after a few prints? The adhesion problem just started.

PLA - 210
Heated Bed - 70
Auto leveler

no rafts or rims (seems like cura is not great at that)

A. What printer did you use to get this finish?
B. Can I hire you guys to build me something that is a movable part as well?

Thought you should know, someone is selling this design on Etsy without attribution: https://www.etsy.com/listing/246933030/3d-printed-elephant-toy-cutest-gift

I like the 4th photo XD

Printed the small one last night on an UM + in PLA using CURA's default settings. Legs moved without any issue and it was not until reading below that I realised that the head moved, took a few anxious moments with a small blade and it moves as well. Printed in a translucent white and looks great as the honeycomb shows through, printing the large one now (the start of my heard I think). Absolutely one of the nicest models I have come across, kudos to you sir, keep up the good work.

Congrats on the most liked object on thingiverse

How do you make it to move? (legs)

A classic and consistent print! We printed this on the ideaPrinter F100L. Timelapse video here:

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Amazing Model - printed mine in a UP mini printer in PLA, came out amazingly well. Thank you

I printed with a Micro3D using PLA. It came out pretty nice, but there was some strings and burrs on the more delicate parts, like the ears. I got the legs to move, but not the head (maybe some gentle picking will free it up). The trunk was really fragile and wound up breaking off.

Is that also known as the M3D that is listed on the website for 349$

I can't get this to slice properly. It cuts it half way in the legs where now I am unable to make the legs or head move.

Wow -- this elephant is hella cool. Definitely worth trying!

going to go print out the smaller file first.

I had to click a few times between the two stl pictures to figure out the name of file. no offense. "giant" not "geant"

geant means giant ...in french ;-)
there are several parts in the world ,guy

Thanks for the heads up. I was trying to figure out the difference between the 2.

And that's actually a good point, it is a work of art, then why Translate it? Should have stayed in French in my opinion. Or state it was translated.

Yes, its what i assuemed as there are many languages out their, I just thought why one word in english and one in french? if its art then label is correct I would assume. I did say no offense but maybe I should have stated I actually knew the word was in french in the first place to minimize further misunderstanding. But, I myself try to translate in whole and not partially. Again, no offense as I would like to be corrected if i got it wrong.

No offense. "there" not "their"

how can my elephant move its legs??? there's only two files here and both of them are the same, a solid piece. Do I need a remix or something? :/

it works just fine for me, I used the first file, (not that it mattered) printed in PLA, with a lulzbot mini. :)

Can somebody make a cow remix of this? I will follow you, like, comment, and make one.

We made one in wood. Looks, feels and smells like real wood!
Now we are experts in wood carving :)
Great toy, very cute.

We really think this print is great, and would like to know if you'd like to try our free sample kits. Feel free to email me at gabe@thefoxsmart.com , and check out our website at http://thefoxsmart.com/. We have the lowest prices and the best quality filament!

How are the legs able to move and bend? So that it can be standing or sitting? This is possible with 3d printing?

Printed this twice so far with PLA at 100% and 120%. Larger one came out better than the smaller but both were sloppy. Some filament sticking out around the leg joints and chin/tusk areas.

I see all these smooth and perfect prints. Are they ABS or PLA? I'm new to 3D printing and learning as I go. Thoughts on what I can do to make this print better?

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Printed it with ABS no problem. I am going to try with wood infused filament.

Working on a Flashforge Creator Pro

We just received out Flashforge Creator Pro. I'm looking for something easy and quick to print in one school day. Will I be able to do so with this? I want to wow my students!

Has anyone tried printing this with abs? If so, do I need to change any of the settings?

That was a great first piece to learn the process to print in 3D. Thanks.

This printed really well.

Every time I get a different color filament this is the first thing I print. Got a herd going. Great print.

i print one today with my newly assembled geeetech prusa i3 pro(http://www.geeetech.com/acrylic-geeetech-i3-pro-b-3d-printer-kit-p-917.html), it looks good, out of my expectation.

Has anyone scaled down the small size? And were the joints fused?

I just printed the small elephant this morning which came out perfect except for the trunk which fell off. I reprinted a little larger and the defect was worse. I am printing with PLA on a Flashforge Creator Pro with ReplicatorG. Anyone have any ideas?

What infil were you using?

I am not sure but I tried using a different slicer and it worked just fine. Thanks!

Just got a Flashforge Creator Pro. Anyone know the best settings (or tips) to print the Elephant with? Using ReplicatorG

This is just a brilliant little model. thanks for sharing it. I've not been brave enough yet to try with out a raft but do now have a little herd of multi coloured little elephants..... interestingly i didn't even realise the head was also articulated until i got my print settings right (new printer). now they are all great. I scaled the small one x2 and that turned out just awesome!

hi Guys i have printed about 20 of these inculding the giant scale - no supports no rafts required - front feet need to be freed then they articualte perfetly - great toy - would be nice to see what other articulated animals the designer could produce - one of my favourites

are any supports needed for this? can the legs move?

hey guys has anyone printed this on a lulzbot mini? sadly my small one was completely fused together.

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Soooo, the legs aren't supposed to move independently? Whoops.

This was a beautiful print! Thank you for posting the stl.

I've tried to print the small one twice. Both times the rear legs had fused in place and snapped off when I attempted to rotate them. I tried to print once with supports and once without.

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Hey guys, I have a Solidoodle 2 Pro with a heated bed, and I was wondering if anyone with close to the same printer has had good results with this print?

I printed this out last night with a da Vinci 1.0. My printer is new and had a lot of issues, but it had a good night and I got a perfect print. I am assuming my model printer is not as nice as yours, but mind did print with no issues or adjustments.

Awesome, Thanks! I printed it, and it came out fine. Thanks for the help!

Prints real well - kids love it - its only missing a tail

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If I were to print this elephant on the Ultimaker 2, what settings (i.e. layer thickness) should I use to get the best results?

Used the Velleman K8400 printer to print but the legs are all fused. It looks nice though.....guess I have to recalibrate the printer. Has anyone tried it on a K8400/8200. I just assembled the printer and am wondering if my belts are a tad too tight....thoughts?

Minitiarized and printed two with the legs frozen on one and mobile on the other.

We love it! knocked out three in a row on a Dreamer using ABS and PLA. Either way - lovely!

its printing on my printrbot simple with some great results.... so far. the layer hight is at 0.2 mm.

Wow, I just made the small one (1 hr 50 min) and I was nervous/anxious the whole time (first large print that I wasn't in the same room with).

It printed out perfectly! Joints move and I love it!
Printrbot Metal Simple, Getting Started.ini, 5% fill, 220 degrees Filament Outlet, white PLA

Thanks for that, can't wait to try on my P:SM

I am having trouble getting the joints to move. Did you have to force them to move? or did it do it on its own?

The two front legs are connected. I think the back are too?
So if any of the legs are stuck after printing, push them with a little force to fee them. They shouldn't break, but still be careful. After you free them, they move very freely.

Thats the problem. I cant get the joints to seperate. They are rock solid!

The legs should just be attached to the body. I think my elephant's legs were stuck too, but I braced the body and pushed the front legs down. I think it took me almost a minute to test the strength and carefully pay down the legs.
The back legs were much easier to free up.

I've got a large one printing right now, it's been running since 08:30 and its now early evening. Toes to trunk tip right to the edge of my Kossel Mini build platform glass. With a hollow body, hole in the bottom for a stopper and slot in the top it would make a lovely money box. My daughter loves this design, thanks for sharing. We printed a small one last night and will post a photo of mother and baby elephants when done.

Hey I was wondering if I can print this on a makerbot replicater mini

ESSAYE AVEC REPETIER-HOST V1.0.6 ET SLIC 3R 1.1.7 ça marche impeccable j'ai eu le même problème A+

Ok c'est bon merci Caizzii :)

What are you using to slice it? For me, slic3r cuts off the head and front legs.

Bonjour, félicitation pour cet éléphant je le trouve magnifique. Toutefois j'ai un volume d'impression 20x20x20 cm je ne peux donc imprimer le modèle grande taille et je trouve l'autre trop petit. Serait il possible d'avoir la taille intermédaire ? En vous remerciant :)

Avec RepetierHost, tu peux changer l'échelle/"scale" pour la mettre à 0.8. Normalement, cela devrait te permettre de le faire tenir dans 202020. A voir suivant le logiciel que tu utilises.

Sorry, I want to know how did you print the belly of the elephant ? because there are some overhangs at this level. I could reach yours print quality. Please check in the link below : http://www.thingiverse.com/make:97630
Thanks for help


This is awesome - such a great design. Do you have anymore like this.

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How long does this take to print?

it took 100 minutes on our replicator2.

If you see this I need help on what 3d printer to buy message me please :/

I love this guy!

Always a big fan of objects with movable parts that can be printed all-at-one with no assembly.
Printed the small one using soft (rubber-like) PLA. Works great.
Now am working on printing the large one with a factor of 0.8 using the same soft PLA

Really nice work.

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I tried printing this elephant, thrice. Every time, the legs just fuse together after a few layers. any suggestions?

first try came out nice but with slight overhang issues bettween the leg slot and under the trunk, btw the guys need a TAIL :D

Amazing design! How much is the head supposed to move? Mine can nod slightly but not sure if it should move more or be able to roll side to side as well. Also are the rear legs supposed to be able to move independently?

trying to print this on Replicator Mini. Any suggested settings for success?

my first print...perfect!

After 3 tries i can't get the ears right as the bottom part "leaking" (same on the feet where the overhang is). Any idea how to make a perfect print like this beautiful orange elephant?

I made this one and filmed it with my go pro in stop motion. This is a great print.

Thanks for posting that video. I cracked up at the end when the elephant got up and walked around a bit.

Are the files for the standing version available? I see several of them that have been printed, but only the two lying ones available to download.

the design allows for the legs to move. the lying down one is the standing up one as well!

Would it be possible to create a version that has a solid trunk? I have printed a couple of these for my 2 year old to play with but the trunk breaks off within the first couple hours of play. I have tried with various levels of infill but the thin portions of the trunk are just not tough enough to withstand any bending or dropping.
Besides that, I love this print!!!

Also, out of 118 makes nobody has done multiple colors in the same print? Come on people, lets get creative!!

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I have done a couple of two colored ones but nothing as beautiful as yours.

Ok so I printed this with .2mm and 30%infil, and a raft. It came out looking great but it doesnt move at all. I took some pliers to get one of the legs to swing and I just ended up breaking off the other leg, any ideas?

just did a remake of this with a tail, eyes, nostrils, ear gauges with flexible ear gauge and Taurus ear ring. I haven't printed it yet but when i do, i'll post it. the .stl file is ready if any wants to try it.

What is the smallest version that has been successful on a Replicator 2? Has anyone scaled down the small elephant? The default size is about perfect.

For those wondering about time, with 3% infill, 2 shells,90/150 travel(default),230C, and the .2mm layer height are times were:
70% Large Elephant: 6:26 (hr:min)
Small Elephant: ~90 min
6 small elephants: 8:18

Our only failures were feed issues that were not related to the elephant.

I made 2 of the little guys on my Rep 2 and they turned out great! Can not get the big guy to print though... PLA just gets stuck right at the nozzle and keeps moving it around?

Make sure the build platform is level.

Can somebody please run me through all the settings i need on my makerbot replicator 2 When it comes to laying down the first layer - It wont print the back leg when the nozzle moves it just moves the print with it - I have tried playing with the settings but it just isn't working. I really wanted to print one of these for my cousins birthday.

We also find that printing on painter's tape helps it stick properly and
is easy to remove after. We default to printers tape when no section
has too big of a footprint. For things with a really long straight section (~4"+) we print with a raft on the bare platform. It works well for us. These prints did amazing! The largest we've done is 70% of full size for the largest.

Hey Loopy, sounds like you're bed's not leveled correctly. If the plastic doesn't stick to the build plate on the left side, for example, just turn the left bed-leveling screw clockwise to tighten the gap.

Thank you - Sorted!

LOVE This! Thank you so much!

I really liked the look of this part, so I printed the small version first, with the intention to print a 70% scaled version of the larger one next.
My printer is well controlled, with little backlash etc, but the joint gaps at the small scale result an a lot of fusing. Having said that, 30 minutes with a small scalpel loosened the legs and head joints. I am pleased to say that the leg joints pivot well on their axles, but I was disappointed to discover, using netfabb, that the pivot point for the head is not in the middle of the radius, so it will never move by more than the small gap will allow. It's a 9/10 generally, with 2/10 for the head.

I discourage to print the large version without infill. With 2 shells it become's very weak and unstable, and causes a bad finish on the top surfaces
Works great with the smaller version though.

We default to 3% infill and it worked great for a 70% of full size version.

I'm attempting the large version at 70% with zero infill and 3 shells. I'll let you know how it comes out.

Fantastic build! Perfect every time! The only thing missing is his little tail :) I could easily be added to his rear end as a 'tucked under' small bump.

I twice tried printing the LFS_elephant.STL on my MakerBot with PLA and the default settings. Both times the print looked good, but when I took it off the built platform the legs were quite stuck. Both times the axel broke when I tried to articulate them. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

In your photo above there is clearly no plastic connecting the top of the leg and the bottom of the elephants body. But in my print there are lots of bits of plastic connecting those.

Never experienced other problems with overhangs?

If you have a Replicator2 I recommend this alternative cooling fan duct; http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:140254http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

You could also try a 5 degrees lower temperature, and/or 10mm/sec higher speed.

Downward Blower Duct for Replicator 2

Thanks! I printed the new cooling duct and tried again, it worked! I didn't even get to try tweaking the settings, I just stuck with the default.

Very clever, and it prints and works very well. It printed at 0.24mm and no infill with out any problems.

This thing is really cool! :)

Has any one made this with a print bot simple?

I did one of the small elephants on my simple at 250 micron. Turned out great - http://www.thingiverse.com/make:67626http://www.thingiverse.com/mak... - picture doesn't do it justice, as the black PLA doesn't photograph well. Thinking about printing the large version at 150 micron with some DeltaMaker blue


Thanks mine will print but not big enough for the joints to move.
And I cant print it at the size it starts at cause I cant slice it. (I use slicer)

Nice work! Prints great with 0% infill in about an hour.

Nice idea to print it with rotary legs to avoid support. Prints fine.

I tried to place in makerware and it "freaks out". The elephant disappears and is replaced by a couple triangular shapes. Any ideas?

I am having similar trouble with Slic3r, it seems to draw only the back half of the elephant and just tiny bits of the head, not a complete model.

Can you give him a tail?

Can it be scaled? I can have different sized elephants instead of just big and small.

I'm currently attempting the large version scaled down to 70% (so it will fit on my build plate). It appears it will take about 17 hours for my printer to finish it.

Really nice model!

Does it need support or so during print for the legs/head to move?

He prints laying down. We didn't use any supports and it prints great!

how long is the print?

How download the information?

The big blue "download" button... ?

The picture of the model looks very very good, what sort of printing is that?

We used MakerBot's Pumpkin orange PLA :) The Z resolution we used is 0,2. (MakerBot's standard setting)
It's the XL version.

How did you print this without supports? Looking at the model, there are overhang issues above each legs. Its just impossible to print it nice like you did without some sort of support.

Could you please share your entire process? thank you.

Any post smoothing/sanding?

Nop ;) Just love !

Why is the STL for the tiny version so much larger than the STL for the large version?

Because they are in different formats: the larger file is in US-ASCII (human readable) format; whereas, the smaller one is in binary format.

I'm afraid to try moving the head - is it supposed to move too?

Not left and right, but up and down, like the legs.

Great design, congrats on the feature!

This was a fun one to analyze. Don't know if I'll ever print it, but good job with the included joints.

It printed out nicely except for the areas just above the legs where it overhangs. Also, despite what the featured article says, the elephant does not use ball joints, it is merely an axle that connects the legs on each side together. Well, unless they the model files on me because I printed it out on the day they submitted it (which was yesterday).

Love it. One of your best works!