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3DKitbash & Bold Machines Unveil A Life-Sized 3D Printed Quin Doll

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“One night, while working late in her makeshift lab, Quin finally figured out how she could make her way to Earth – teleportation through a 3D printer! She finished typing her code, hugged Boon, her lovable pet awoo, hit ‘Enter,’ and her experiment was unleashed…”

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Quin is no ordinary doll, for sure. While many can boast that they own unique and rare handcrafted dolls, how many people can say they used fifteen or more 3D printers and over 150 machine hours to produce their life-size figure? Quin is a complex character with quite a story, and now you can make her directly from your own desktop 3D printer too, in whatever size you like.

Created by premium 3D printable model developer 3DKitbash, and coming to you via collaboration with Bold Machines, the life-size doll has grown from an eleven-inch model to reach her full potential for all to see. 3D printed in Brooklyn q3at Bold Machines, the independent development studio of none other than rock star of the 3D printing world Bre Pettis, the life-size doll is a great promotion for showing off what 3D printers can do on a larger scale.

Using primarily MakerBot Replicator Z18s, along with several Replicator 2X 3D printers, 3DKitbash and Bold Machines are responsible for not only opening up the conversation further for what one can do on the larger scale with the desktop 3D printer, but also demonstrating the new, independent avenues opening up for quality designs in toymaking.

Quin’s a great way to show 3D printing enthusiasts what can result in taking a concept to the next dimension digitally and then bringing it to fruition in physical form–and also allows for inspiration in terms of allowing those who have a sincere interest in designing their own dolls or toys to see that today, individuals working from their homes or just starting out don’t have to have unattainable amounts of capital to design, manufacture, and present their toy designs to the world. And currently, no one’s more excited about showing off how you can get started than the folks at 3DKitbash.

“We like to think that this model of Quin is a life-size illustration of how 3DKitbash 3D printable models really stand out in character design and engineering. She’s a dream-come-true for us. Bold Machines had the imagination, expertise, and 3D printing resources to give us something we’ve dreamed of since Quin was released in 2013,” said Natalie Mathis, co-founder of 3DKitBash.

“Bold Machines’ MakerBot Z18 printers have taken her to a whole new level,” said Mathis. “We’re used to seeing Quin printed on our desktop MakerBot Replicator 2 and Rep 2X. I find it amusing that she’s taller than me!”

The life-size 3D printed doll prints in parts and then snaps together. Life-size Quin, fabricated in PLA with colors from MakerBot’s Martha Stewart collection, will accompany the 3DKitbash team to events and Maker Faires coming up in September in Orlando and New York City. The team will be present discussing how they were able to design and make the doll, and encourage others to 3D print their own Quins, who can be made without any supports. The smaller doll retails for $24.95 on 3DKitbash.q2

“We engineered Quin so that anyone with a desktop 3D printer can download the .stl files from 3DKitbash.com’s online store and print her at home. She’s articulated, pose-able, and prints support-free for a fun 3D printing experience,” said Quincy Robinson, 3DKitbash co-founder. “The .stl files are scale-able on anyone’s printer bed. Her default size is 11 inches tall, but her size is really only limited by a printer’s build volume. Up until this point we had seen her scaled by 200%, and that was fun to see.”

Quin comes with her own life story as well, allowing everyone to engage and enjoy her fairy tale arrival on Earth from her native planet of Filamento. Brought here by the magic of 3D printers, she is also soon to be accompanied by Boon, her “plucky 3D-printable pet T-Rex,” another articulated model that can be 3D printed without supports. Also in the picture is her brother Niq (available also at 3DKitbash at the same price), who navigated through space to warn Quin that a “marauding gang of giant monsters” is after her, trying to steal her innovations.

All in all, Quin has a great tale behind her, and serves not only as a quality, affordable product you can buy, but she’s an inspiration as to all the different designs, ‘things,’ and toys designers now have the ability to make on their own–even creating their own mini toy factories from the desktop, should they wish.

Are you interested in 3D printing your own life-size Quin doll? Have you 3D printed any toys of your own design from the desktop? Discuss in the 3D Printed Quin Doll forum over at 3DPB.com.  Check out the time lapse video from the assembly of Quin below.  Yes that is a DeLorean in the background!

 

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