It’s that time of the week again when we roll out the top 3D printable models from 3D Share. This week we have two creations from UK-based Tony Jones, a “buzz nerve” toy made from conductive plastic and intentionally rusted motor housing. There’s also a monohull paddleboat, another incarnation of Meri, the nude-ish figurine, and finally, a tie-shaped napkin holder for all of the picnics you have planned this summer!
Summer is almost here and well, it’s high time to be looking at 3D printed paddleboat models — don’t you agree? A life-size version of this model looks like it’d be loads of fun on the water. The “Hamel” refers to the boat’s maker, Kurt R. Hamel, and the “Monohull” refers to the watertight part of a boat structure. Other than that, it’s a straightforward design for all 3D printing enthusiasts of all things nautical.
Already recently covered on 3dprint.com as a creation of Anthony “Tony” E. Jones in collaboration with GlobalFSD.com, this machine, or toy, really, was printed using Proto Pasta’s new Conductive Plastic filament. Yes, that’s right, it’s plastic that’s conductive. Other fun facts: it took about 17 hours to print and UK-based Jones made his own on a home-constructed 3D printer. This item requires a print bed of 350 mm x 250 mm (the toy’s base is 33o mm long with a recess for the electronics). It kind of reminds me of the old board game Operation, where it would buzz if your hand touched the sides of an item as you removed it while conducting “surgery”. New filaments are changing 3D printing, and this toy is one such example of the changes ahead.
This housing is also a Tony Jones creation. It is designed for an N20 geared motor (which is reportedly good for running 3D printed models), but it is made to resemble an old-fashioned electric motor. At 40 mm x 20 mm, it runs on 6 volts DC at 30 RPM. This design uses Proto Pasta’s iron PLA. The rusty effect is from placing the model in salt solution for 3 days, and voila! You have a modern operating and old-fashioned looking motor housing.
From Meri’s Birth to an Ooh La La phase and now an Awakening, the nude-ish figurine, who is some kind of dancer or stripper, is still a big hit on 3D Share in her many guises and manifestations. This week has Meri standing with eyes averted, or is that an intentional coquettish glance at an admiring audience? You decide!
This 3D printed napkin holder provides some nice comic relief to some of the more complex designs involving electronics and motors. FSR3D’s napkin holder design allows you to shape your napkin as you would a business tie and then hold it there with a PLA printed holder also in the shape of a tie. This is a fun touch for casual meals, and a nice way to end this week’s top 3D printable models from 3D Share. It’s picnic time!
Let us know which of these are your favorite in the 3DShare forum thread on 3DPB.com.