Pull Copter Finger Ring by Stian Wahlvåg July 10 2020
Stian has started to tinker with 3D modeling back in 2004, and later this became a solid foundation when he borough this first 3D printer in 2010. At his day job, he works as a full-time 3D designer for a shipping bridge simulator company delivering solutions for maritime simulations. By night after the kids have gone to sleep, he spends most of his spare time working on personal 3D printing projects, mainly for his YouTube channel.
"Many of my designs have a touch of childhood nostalgia combined with my interest in everyday mechanical objects and toys," he explains.
This time Stian wanted to test his small desktop 3D printer, the Fulcrum Minibot 1.0. He chose a fun small project for this the Pull Copter Finger Ring, a mechanical toy. While initially planning a new Surprise egg, some of the printer's characteristics suggested that the Pull Copter Finger Ring would be a perfectly suited print. Like all of his projects, the best final model went through an iterative designing process that includes a lot of modeling and test printing.
"The Ring Copter flew better than I was expecting. If I had more time to spend on the project, I would probably try to design a screwless version," Stian says. "But then again, I kind of like the look of cap hex screws, they add extra detail."
This project was about designing a simple but fun toy. Stian wanted to choose clean, bright colors to reflect this. He picked up the combination of PLA Extrafill Sky Blue, Luminous Green, Orange Orange, Traffic Purple, Red and Yellow. You can find this project on Myminifactory and print it yourself with your favourite filament color combination.
"I have always enjoyed printing with Fillamentum filaments. When I bought my first spool of Fillamentum PLA Extrafill a few years ago, I realised how much good quality filament would enhance the print quality," Stian tells us.
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