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Toy Helicopter

by t1t4 Dec 20, 2010
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I have printed all the parts and the slot together lovely but the plug for the main rotor is a nightmare I am currently printing it at 98% scale as 100% and 99% did not fit at all. weird

What's the best orientation to print the tail?

I rotated the tail 90 degrees and placed it on the end - so that the "arms" showing in the air looking like: V
This minimized the support-material.

Nice but why not just make the rotors flat? Impossible to do without supports and it makes them a mess on the underside.

Feel free to modify the rotor to be flat if that works better for your printer.

I didnt make them flat because i never liked flat props and rotors on toy aircraft. Also i didn't have any support issues when printing them. The underside of my rotors are as nice as the top.

I do agree with that ! Toys are not only made for playing, but also to tech many things to our children (ahem... and .. us also ..:-D)
And I must admit that that makes the rotor a lot more difficult to print :-D (I'm in the rotor printing yet).

It is probably my support settings then! What do you set the distance from the part to, and density of supports?

Any chance you could post the SolidWorks files (or any other solid-model files you used to generate this model)?

I made it in 3ds max. Not sure the final file would be of much more use than the stl files since the final files are the same except for the format. If you could give me an idea of what you were looking for maybe I can see if I can get you something that would work for you.

Very, very cool. I'm about to print one right now on my Cupcake! :)

That came out awesome! 8-) With what printer did you print that out?

Really nice work! Snap fittings, always a challenge. Clearly modeled and not scanned, all edges filleted. Where did you find those colors? I thought the Up! printer only used that white ABS.

MakerGear is selling colors that are UP! compatible. They seem to mostly work well. Wish they came on UP! spools as it was a bit of work to figure out how to get them on one spool or feed them without putting them on a spool. Ended up doing about 3 different things to be able to use the MakerGear colors but it all worked out in the end ad you can see.

It is supercool!!

Did you paint them? What with? :)

looks like he made the different parts in different coloured plastics.

No painting all from MakerGear colored ABS filament. I don't like painting.

cuuuuuuuuute~ i even want a gift like that , hehe

Cool! What software did you design it in? Also reminds me of Playmobil. Went to your website too, but it seems a bit out of date. Can you post some more work? Like, a robot with interchangable Speedo's or a her's version ...

I used 3ds max (2011 on this particular model).

Wish I had more time to update my site(s) but I do try to when ever I get a chance.

If I can find some silvery filament that works with my printer I may give speedo bot a go but I really don't like painting models so untill I find some silver I'll probably not make anything that should be silver.
I have been slowly working on STLifying some other boring3d things and will post them as they get finished up.