My Little Pony – Applejack

## Applejack

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.

Applejack’s 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 Applejack:

Applejack’s mane was the test print for figuring out how exactly I could print all of the manes and tails for each of the Mane Six.

  • Attempt 1: scaled as is fail
  • Attempt 2 – 4: Flipped mane upside down fail
  • Attempt 5: Flipped mane upside down, raft, tree supports

Applejack’s hat was also the last piece I printed. The basic print failed, and running out of time, I added brim and  tree supports, and cranked down the layer size to save time, and was able to assemble the final version late at night before the six year old’s birthday.

  • Source: Applejack – MLP:FIM
  • Maker: plenet
  • License: Creative Commons – Attribution – Share Alike
  • Model: All Files
  • Material:
    • Body: Tianse Orange PLA 1.75mm
    • Mane: Inland Dandelion PLA 1.75mm
    • Hat: Inland Light Brown PLA 1.75mm
    • Tail: Inland Dandelion PLA 1.75mm
    • Eyes: Prusa White PLA 1.75mm
  • Scale: 250%
  • Print Date: 2018/02/11 – 2018/03/22
  • Assembly Time: 1 hour
  • Print Time: 20 hours 5 minutes
    • Body: 9 hours 9 minutes
    • Mane: 5 hours 4 minutes
    • Hat: 2 hours 8 minutes
    • Tail: 3 hours 24 minutes
    • Eyes: 20 minutes
  • Estimated Print Time: 20 hours 59 minutes
    • Body: 9 hours 44 minutes
    • Mane: 5 hours 24 minutes
    • Hat: 2 hours 17 minutes
    • Tail: 3 hours 34 minutes
    • Eyes: 23 minutes
  • Estimated Filament: 25.2 meters
    • Body: 10 meters
    • Mane: 4.2 meters
    • Hat: 5.6 meters
    • Tail: 3.7 meters
    • Eyes: 0.2 meters
  • Slicer: Cura 3
  • Slicer Settings:
    • Hat: 0.15mm layers
    • Others: 0.06mm layers
    • 20% infill
    • Mane and Hat:
      • supports from everywhere
      • tree supports
      • raft
      • raft air gap 0.3mm
      • experimental tree support

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