Remember a few days ago, when I talked about all the Star Fox models that are available, and mentioned how I was thinking about using them for something eventually? Well that time is now!
Introducing the 3D Printable Krystal, Version 1.0! This model is based on the Krystal Trophy from Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U. I have painstakingly gone through the mesh to fix problems that would have prevented it from being 3D printable. Here's what I did:
- Closed her mouth (the inside is too small to print well)
- Removed duplicated geometry
- Removed random, detatched geometry inside the head and hair
- Solidified the hair strands (they were flat polygons, not actual solids)
- Adjusted shoes/feet slightly so she stands flat on the ground
- Fixed all remaining non-manifold edges
- Completely removed the tassels from her hair (too small and badly shaped for printing)
- Removed a small clip-through in the thigh
Even after all that work, I didn't expect this 3D print to complete successfully. I just started a print job at night before bed, thinking I would learn how the model failed to print for my next attempt. I expected it to print well up until the arms. After that, I then expected her fingers to break off, her chin to mess up, the hair to break off, and I expected to lose her tail during the cleanup process.
Nevertheless, she printed almost perfectly in my first and only attempt to print this model, even without any special features to make printing easier. I even forgot to use the proper printing settings, so the outer wall is too thin.
Going forward, I'm going to release new versions that will improve upon the model. First, I'm going to break up the mesh into gluable pieces that can be printed separately at higher detail, better angles, and MUCH larger. I will try to make a much larger figurine next time. Then, since the model is relatively low poly, I will experiment with smoothing out surfaces to make her look more realistic. Then, I want to try adding some surface detail, such as baking in clothing meshes and making the surface of her body fur-like in texture, like you saw in this Fox McCloud Sculpture. These last two steps are going to take some artistic skill on my part.
For now, you can Download the 3D Printable Krystal v1 and try it yourself. The package includes:
- Original mesh
- Blender3D editable mesh file
- STL mesh file sized to about 6 cm tall - if you want to print right away
I highly recommend Simplify3D as your 3D printing software. If you can't pay that price, you can use Makerbot Print, which is free. Even if you don't have a 3D printer of your own, check around. Often public libraries, schools, and even nearby residents will give access to a 3D printer for a small fee. If you want to edit the model itself, try Blender3D, which is free.
At the size I printed (just under 5 inches tall), she used less than $2 in plastic.