July 9th: Eeps the pushpuppet got featured on Thingiverse :-D
Push puppets are around as long as I can remember and I've always loved the simple yet smart, funny and inspiring little toys.
Making push puppets has been on my mind for quite a while, but somehow I never got to it. Until now. Until a MakerBot Replicator 2 appeared on my desktop (literally!). Alas, the machine is not mine and I can use it just for a couple of weeks, so I had to move fast. After printing Yoda, my name and a key ring holder for my daughter, I set to work.
I have some, but ancient, experience with 3D modeling (from the '90s!! I'm getting old). The 3d shapes that make the push puppets parts are pretty basic, and so are the operations on the shapes. I used Rhinoceros to create the parts, but they should be easy to remake in other apps (like 123D Design, Blender, etc.).
You can approach this Instructable in two ways:
- Make the push puppet with the parts (that is, files) and how-to provided in the steps.
- If you're comfy with 3D modeling apps: Make your very own custom designed push puppet. Use the Rhino-files as a template, and do your thing from there. There's a step with tips and tricks for modeling. Of course, sharing your design files in the comments, as a separate Instructable or on Thingiverse is highly appreciated :-)