Feb. 11, 2015

When 3D modeling tools and 3D printer have become easier to use, many people have been exploring the possibilities of creating objects with movable joints, such as doll toys with movable joints. One of these doll designers, Spanish artist Sonia Verdu, has created some of the cleanest and well-executed 3D prints with movable joints.

Verdu shared her existing 3D printable doll and prop models over on MakerBot's Thingiverse for free. She encourages those a little more adventurous to develop their own doll. One company, South Africa based CAD House has come up with a 1.7 meter (5.58 feet) full articulated 3D Printed Robotica.

"We decided to 3D Print ‪#‎Robotica‬ as large as we possibly could using the 3D Printers available to us, without the need to split parts up and glue them back together." CAD House explains. "It turns out scaling #Robotica by a factor of 5, she ends up being approximately 1.7meter tall. The entire build will be done using entry level plastic jet printers."

It took them approximately 240 hours of print time to finish the ‎Robotica doll. And all the parts were printed in gold PLA filament on a WanHao Duplicator 5S and a 5S mini 3D printer.

You can follow Robotica's journey on her very own FaceBook fan page.


Posted in 3D Printing Applications


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Saul McCoy wrote at 3/3/2015 2:46:38 AM:

Many practical applications. Africa as individual nations and as a whole continent can do away with European aid with designs and ideas like this. Imagine using this in the transportation, military, and education sectors. Endless possibilities and hungry minds. Unstoppable.

whorehopper wrote at 2/16/2015 9:45:16 PM:

Soon the world will remember the time we should have not done something.

Hans Fouche wrote at 2/12/2015 7:19:42 AM:

Nice guys! Lets print BIG !!! Nice for South African 3d printing to!

Bernhard Vogt wrote at 2/12/2015 2:52:45 AM:

Thank you for the excellent review of Robotica. We were surprised at exactly how effortless it has been to do this project. We only had 1 failed print, and that was due to a power failure. Follow Robotica's facebook fan page. We still plan to finish her off with a perfect coat of paint and some fancy air brushing

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