A flexible velociraptor! How cool! This is a very flexible (19 joints!), print-in-place model I spent a long time designing. A lot of attention to detail in this model, and a few of the smaller tail links are weak due to their size so be careful! He can stand on his own or hang from something; he can even bite his own tail! One of the links just behind his hip will be a little stiff after the print and will just take a little careful working to get completely flexible, otherwise (fixed) He should print and pop off the board in a completely flexible state. He seems happiest when hanging from a computer monitor. Have fun! Kudos to
airfish for developing the link mechanic used in this model
not suitable for small children, the tail end pieces may be fragile and could break off and be swallowed
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- improved feet to stand better
- improved tail positioning to print without binding
- these changes have been verified 5/11/18
- improved strength of end tail pieces
- flattened top of angled tail parts for a better surface finish
- use file "STRONGER TAIL"
- these changes have been verified 6/16/18
Update 7-25-18: wow 1000 likes, you guys are awesome!
- verified model can be printed up to 175% scale without issue
- verified model can be printed down to 65% scale and retain flexibility but requires substantial care and effort to coerce joints to become completely flexible. I attribute this to clearance being reduced. Recommended minimum scale: 75% with a good printer, 100% with a poorly tuned printer.
- added a new two-part design with the tail separate so larger prints are possible
- verified model can be printed up to 325% scale if using the split files
- added images showing scales of 65%, 100%, 125%, 175% and 325%
- verified model can be printed in PETG
- thank you all so much for your support!
Hatchbox PLA, PETG
12% minimum if rectalinear, 20% minimum otherwise
Make sure you print him on his RIGHT SIDE. His tail is tapered and I designed him so that his tail sits flat with the right side of his body for printability. No supports or rafts are needed. I used 210° first layer temp, 205° printing temp, 60° bed temp for best results. My printer is dialed in well; if you experience issues I suggest printing at least 125% scale, slow down a little and try slightly higher or lower temperatures.
No post-printing needed! This model is designed to be printed without supports or rafts.