My Little Pony – Twilight Sparkle

For the six year old’s birthday, I decided to print and assemble all of the Mane Six from My Little Pony, based on the models by plenet. The models are fantastically designed, but while the body of each of the ponies is easy to print, the manes and tails are a minor nightmare. It took half a dozen test prints before I found a working solution, involving the experimental Tree Supports introduced in Cura 3.2.

For Twilight Sparkle the body was fairly easy to print:

After working out the details on how to print the mane and tail, the final assembly was just in time for the six year old’s birthday, with the glue drying only a few hours before presents were unwrapped.

Completed Twilight Sparkle:

 

  • Source: Twilight Sparkle – MLP:FIM
  • Maker: plenet
  • License: Creative Commons – Attribution – Share Alike
  • Model: All Files
  • Material:
    • Body: AIO Robotics Light Blue PLA 1.75mm
    • Mane: Tianse Purple PLA 1.75mm
    • Tail: Tianse Purple PLA 1.75mm
    • Eyes: Prusa White PLA 1.75mm
  • Scale: 250%
  • Print Date: 2018/02/11 – 2018/03/20
  • Assembly Time: 1 hour
  • Print Time: 19 hours 28 minutes
    • Body: 11 hours 14 minutes
    • Mane: 4 hours 16 minutes
    • Tail: 3 hours 38 minutes
    • Eyes: 20 minutes
  • Estimated Print Time: 20 hours 31 minutes
    • Body: 12 hours 1 minute
    • Mane: 4 hours 34 minutes
    • Tail: 3 hours 40 minutes
    • Eyes: 23 minutes
  • Estimated Filament: 21.5 meters
    • Body: 11.7 meters
    • Mane: 3.4 meters
    • Tail: 3.6 meters
    • Eyes: 0.2 meters
  • Slicer: Cura 3
  • Slicer Settings:
    • 0.06mm layers
    • 20% infill
    • Supports
    • Mane:
      • supports from everywhere
      • tree supports
      • raft
      • raft air gap 0.3mm
      • experimental tree support

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