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Blender 3D printed Suzanne model

Hot smokes, it’s been two months. Hopefully a monkey head will fix it!

Blender suzanne 3d printer

It’s Suzanne, Blender‘s mascot monkey 3D printed with a Makerbot. It’s about 45x40x50mm from a 3mm black plastic spool, and sits on your desk on on your keyboard staring at you with its docile eyes.

It’s a little lumpy, mainly due to the capabilities of the printer, but a little bit more planning could’ve improved it a little – as seen below:

blender suzanne 3d print

You can see where the scaffolding was attached as well as where plastic dripped down, causing some unevenness in the layering.

For the technically-inclined, the model was exported to obj, then re-exported to stl in Rhino (because Blender’s stl is broken), and then the rest is standard as documented here.

Dion Moult

I've been developing software for well over 10 years, work as an architect (not the computer kind, the regular sort), and am classically trained as a pianist. I try to do the right thing when I get the chance in my field, such as through contributing to open-source communities and promoting sustainable living.

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9 Comments

  1. I am not familiar with Makerbot. What exactly does it do? Replicate computer 3D models in the real world?

    Anyway, this Suzanne model looks like something a voodoo sorceror would have in his armoury. :)

  2. Hey Hari,

    A Makerbot is a low-end 3D printer. Like most 3D printers it works by building the object by layering the resin/powder/plastic. The 3D model is sliced into layers and then it melts plastic along the external shell of the layer (as well as the internal if it requires more structure).

    I found this video off YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBzyZSVK_Gs

    It does look somewhat like a shrunken head hey :)

  3. Wow, cool. Never knew that such 3D creators were available outside research labs or big company design studios. Do you own one of these or did you borrow it off your science lab? That Makerbot looks like a kit that most mechanical and design engineers would use.

  4. Used the one in the University’s workshop. They have a lot of cool tinkery stuff there that’s awesome to play with :)

    No idea how expensive it is to get one of these (you buy it as a flatpack and build it yourself), but I paid 4AUD in material and time costs (~2 hours). Relatively dirt cheap compared to other 3D printers!

  5. So that is the basics of how the 3D printers work. They slice layers to create the overall 3D model which are then melted together….

    Nice photography of Suzanne, I actually initially thought it was a render of Suzanne through Blender.

  6. Hi I know this is an old post, hopefully someone is still reading it.

    I have a question, how did you menage to print the suspended parts such as the monkey’s ears? I tried and failed on my Reprap printer. The ears just collapsed because the filament has no support.

  7. Wow that was fast, thanks! :)

    I am a newbie to 3D printer, s far I use Slic3r, but I never heard of using scaffold, how is it generated?

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