Oct 17, 2015 | By Tess

Samuel Bernier, the creative director at le FabShop, and the designer responsible for such popular 3D printed decorative items such as the Maison & Objet line from le FabShop, as well as the amusing 3D printed accessories to turn vegetables into children’s toys, has now released his most recent project: an additively manufactured bird mobile to be hung in a child’s room.

Samuel Bernier, an industrial designer originally from Montreal, has settled in at the Paris based company le FabShop as their creative designer. In 2013, when he found out that one of his coworkers, Matthieu, the general director at le FabShop, was going to become a father, he set to work on designing a 3D printed toy mobile for his child. Fortunately for the world of makers, Bernier has recently released an Instructables guide to creating the charming mobile set.

Bernier explains that he was prepared to design the mobile because of previous experience he has had with balance and design. He says, “I already had experience with this kind of object with the project “Fall.” I used this knowledge to make a first experiment about balance during a workshop with Patricia Urquiola at Domaine de Boisbuchet, but the result was too big. The mobile had to fit in a Parisian apartment and be safe for a child.”

The mobile Bernier designed is simple, elegant, yet still very fun – perfect for a child’s room. Consisting of two wooden dowels, string, and 3D printed clouds, birds, and clips, the process to make the mobile is also simple and straightforward. In his Instructables guide, Bernier breaks the assembly down into 8 steps.

First, you need to prepare the two dowels, with a diameter of 12mm (0.5 inches) and another of 15mm (0.6 inches). The larger dowel should be cut to measure 75cm, while the smaller one should measure 50cm. Bernier suggests sanding or smoothing the edges of the dowels after cutting them.

Next, you can download and 3D print the 3D components of the mobile that Bernier designed with the Autodesk app 123D design, which are the following:

  • The Cloud (infill: 0, White PLA)
  • 2 Flying birds (infill: 0, Whilte PLA and Raft)
  • 6 Standing birds (infill: 0, White PLA and Raft)
  • 1 Standing bird (infill: 0, Blue PLA)
  • 4 big clips
  • 3 small clips

All the files are available for free download on Thingiverse.

Once the pieces are successfully 3D printed, string the thread through the holes in the cloud and the flying birds. Knot the string and leave 15-20cm of string to hand the cloud and the birds. Next, affix the big clips to the 15mm dowel: two of them will be used to hang the cloud, and the other two will be used to hang the mobile from the ceiling, and to connect the small dowel, respectively. Attach the flying birds to the small dowel using the small clips, as seen in the picture above.

For step five, simply clip the sitting birds onto the large dowel. Bernier suggests gluing them in place if they do not clip on properly. Once all the birds are placed on the mobile, it is time to balance everything out. Hang the mobile up, and follow Bernier’s own configurations or come up with your own!

Bernier has also uploaded the original design files onto the Autodesk 123D community, here, allowing for anyone to modify or customize the designs before 3D printing them to make a wholly personalized mobile. Of course, even the colors of the mobile’s components can be changed as well for some added customization.

Finally, once everything is balanced and assembled, you need only to safely secure the mobile where it will hang, making sure it is out of reach of children, and enjoy its charming design.

Samuel Bernier continues to turn out impressive, versatile, and whimsical 3D printed designs, whether for décor or play, and we at 3Ders are excited for projects he, and the team at le FabShop unveil in the future.



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