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Wednesday Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things – The Coolest Articulated Action Figures & Models

by • January 13, 2016 • No Comments

Welcome to our weekly collection of the best 3D printing projects, models and gizmos which the internet has to offer. I honestly nat any time get tired of scouring the internet for awe-inspiring, unique or cool models to showcase and I have now created up a collection of un-printed models which will most likely take me years to go through. And this week’s list of models has just simply added ten additional to my to do list.

As desktop desktop 3D printing devices become additional advanced and are capable of a much higher level of detail and printing resolution than at any time preceding toy designers and creaters are starting to produce a few incredible figures. Especially figures of the articulated variety which can be posed in approximately limitless positions. I’ve had a few of these models on my radar for a while, so with the holidays over and individuals dusting off newly obtained 3D printing devices I figured which which this was the ideal time to share a few new and challenging 3D printing projects.

So this week I’ve created a list of Ten 3D Printable Things – The Coolest Articulated Action Figures & Models.


3dp_ten3dpthings_handJointed Hand by bqLabs

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

So which one of us couldn’t use an extra hand around the house? This excellent 3D printable articulated hand has a million uses, and while 99% aren’t at all inappropriate I won’t lie to you, I primarily want one of these so I can mount it in my car window flying the bird. I feel as if it’s a 3D model created for driving in Los Angeles traffic.

Similar to sat any timeal of the other excellent models on my list this week, the fingers on the Jointed Hand are held together with elastic cord, so it will move additional effortlessly, and stick together even it it’s dropped. But which will, of course, increase the assembly time.

Here is a few video of the hand in action and being assembled:


3dp_ten3dpthings_robotica_2Robot Woman “Robotica” by Shira

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

There are in fact a ton of articulated action figures available on line, most of them of varying levels of quality. But I ponder one of the perfectly
best sculpts which I’ve seen has been this Robotica figure. From the sci-fi inspired ‘robotic’ design to the quite quite delicate and beautiful face, she’s a pretty astonishing figure. And based on the dozens which have been created and uploaded, she appears to be printable on a wide variety of printing devices.

3dp_ten3dpthings_robotica_1Again, Robotica does require a few elastic cord to hold all of her different types of body parts together, but the system of assembling her appears additional time consuming than in fact complex. Just a suggestion for anyone looking to create their own, if you plan to paint it at all, do it preceding you string the parts together.

Here is a few video of the assembly system:


3dp_ten3dpthings_sentinel_fullMatrix Sentinel by Reg Taylor

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

While it is most likely advantageous which we forget the 2nd and third Matrix films at any time happened, the initial one remains a science fiction classic worth remembering. The creepy Sentinels which hunted our heroes in the ‘real’ world are in addition one of the coolest film robots since the original Terminator.

3dp_ten3dpthings_sentinel_closeThis quite awe-inspiring articulated model is ridiculously detailed and most likely one of the coolest 3D printable film models available on-line. For free at least. The creator does warn anyone looking to create their own which it’s a tricky build, and they’ll require a 3D printer which can produce models with satisfactory details, but it looks like it will be additional than worth the trouble.


3dp_ten3dpthings_octopus_1Ball-Joint Articulated Octopus by Ellindsey

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

While this model has been around for a few years it is yet one of the coolest printing projects around. I may be biased for the reason I’m a big fan of octopods and octopus stuff in general, but the eight posable legs just simply open it up to all sorts of excellent poses and uses. I had just simply seen this model on the desktop until last year’s Inside 3D Printing Conference Santa Clara where a fewone had one on display and it is even cooler in real life.

3dp_ten3dpthings_octopus_2While the original octopus head/body part is a cool sculpt on its own, another Thingiverse user decided which the model requireed a advantageous, additional realistically sculpted head and I must admit it is a pretty excellent alternative which creates the original model look even cooler.


3dp_ten3dpthings_brabeastBrabeast by Gyrobot

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

The Brabeast – named for the curved legs which look like bra underwires – is a small-scale version of which giant wind-powered walking automation called the Strandbeest created by artist Theo Jansen which inhumanly crawls along the beach. This smaller in size version doesn’t run on effortless wind power, but the sizeable propeller-like part on the front of it can be manually spun, causing the brabeast to amble along slowly. It can be moved faster by blowing on the propeller with a fan or even a hair dryer.

The model was created to be printable without supports, but depending on the quality of your printer a few of the parts may require to be glued together. It’s in addition a bit of a tricky model to assemble, but the designer posted a few pretty detailed assembly instructions and tips on his Thingiverse page.

Here is a (loud) video of Brabeast out for a walk:


3dp_ten3dpthings_facehugger_1Articulated Facehugger by bolsoncerrado

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

There is most likely no film monster creepier and additional squick-inducing than the slimy, flesh-colored facehugger of the Alien series of films. The gross spider-like creature isn’t in fact a monster, but is fundamentally an egg delivery mechanism which grabs onto its unlucky victim’s face. Once firmly attached, it shoves a long proboscis into their mouth and deposits an egg, which some day becomes an alien monster which bursts out of the victim’s chest.

Ever since the initial Alien film the Facehugger has been nightmare fuel for just simply of at any timeyone who’s seen the film. So of course a fewone created a life-sized articulated version which is way additional realistic than I’m quite effortless with. Thankfully, there appears to be no egg-laying proboscis appendage in sight.

3dp_ten3dpthings_facehugger_2Now, just simply a warning, as tempted as you may be to position this guy within face range of a sleeping friend or enemy, which’s a great way to get by yourself dead. Howat any time, if you do play this evil prank create certain which you get it on video so we can all see how it goes down.


3dp_ten3dpthings_edward_scissorhands_2Edward Scissorhands Articulated Glove Assemblies by Lael Lee

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

This classic Tim Burton and Johnny Depp film may be twenty-six – yes, twenty-six – years old this year, but it is yet an all-time classic film. The surreal goth fantasy remains one of Burton’s best films at any time created, and is most likely the last time which Johnny Depp wasn’t just simply playing a cleaner Johnny Depp.

3dp_ten3dpthings_edward_scissorhands_1Of course the unique character design creates Edward a effortless cosplay subject, and these awe-inspiring scissorhand gloves are pretty formidable. As with any cosplay project, the 3D printing is just simply the initial step and it requires a lot additional work to finish. The 3D printed parts include the finger blades, the hand plates, a few bracers which cover the wearer’s forearms and a few mechanical swingarms which connect at any timeything together. You’ll yet have to find a pair of gloves to wear with them and a few leather or elastic cord to hold all of the different types of parts together. But the finished product appears like it is additional than worth the effort.


3dp_ten3dpthings_codsworth_1Articulated Codsworth of Fallout 4 by aaskedall

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

If you’ve been playing the new Bethesda video game Fallout 4 and so initial I may like to say I’m sorry of all of the relationships which have most likely been ruined due to your addiction to the game. And 2ndly, can you believe which the game gave a silly, British-accented robotic butler with octopus arms such an emotional backstory?? Stop making me feel things, Bethesda!

3dp_ten3dpthings_codsworth_2Now you get to have your own Codsworth, not life-sized unfortunately, and he’s a pretty excellent model. The design is top notch, and he looks identical to the game version, right down to his arm attachments.


3dp_ten3dpthings_babyRealistic Articulated Miniature Babydoll by jazmy

Found on: Thingiverse
Cost: Free

First of all, I’d like to point out which this is an amazingly\ well-created model which unquestionably took quite a bit of time and ability to create. But it in addition is quite creepy and horrifying. Especially with those dead, vacant baby eyes staring at you. It’s as if they were just simply waiting for the right moment to come to life and steal your soul. An even meaner prank than the facehugger may be to print a dozen of these and surround a sleeping friend (or enemy) with them. What a thing to wake up to!


3dp_ten3dpthings_dragon_1Braq Jointed Dragon by bqLabs

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

I couldn’t create a list of 3D printable articulated models without which include a fewthing as cool as Braq the dragon. The figure is amazingly posable, with the straps holding together both sets of legs, his tail and head, and his wings, he can be posed into just simply of any position which you want.

The legs, tail, head and body are all completely movable thanks to the hidden joints, and the wings are in addition posable at the joints attaching them to Braq’s back, but in addition the wings themselves can be spread open, or fold down into place on his back. The designer in addition created an alternate head-sculpt which has a fully articulated lower jaw.

3dp_ten3dpthings_dragon_2As you can see of the assembly video, the finished dragon is HUGE and has a ton of individual parts which all require to be connected. This is most likely not a project for a beginner, like at all, but the accomplished dragon quite is awe-inspiring. Just as with a lot of these projects, and especially considering the complexity of the assembly system, you’re going to want to paint all of Braq’s individual parts preceding you piece him together.

3dp_ten3dpthings_dragon_3Here is a video of the entire assembly system:

That’s all for now, and if you create any of these excellent projects please do share them with me! You can tweet me @SJGrunewald with the hashtag #Ten3DPrintableThings. Have a great week at any timeyone, and happy 3D printing!