The classic LEGO skeleton was always my favorite character when I was a kid.
When I moved into my first apartment with my wife we found one on the floor, missing a leg, so he was placed on the highest shelf in the kitchen, then when we moved to our first house he was brought along, but lost an arm along the way, so I figured I'd better measure him up before while he had at least one of every limb.
The default scale of my print is a massive 10:1 but it has been successfully printed at half that scale (and smaller) too.
- 3D Printer
- Spanner/pliers (to to match the nut on threaded rod)
- Scalpel/Knife to clean up prints
- Threaded rod
- 265-272mm long depending on bending etc.
- 4mm or less in diameter (M3 is ideal)
- 2 nuts
- 2 washers
- White PETG is my preference but anything will do (please someone make a glow in the dark one!)
- With 6 vertical walls and 10% infill (on the large pieces) I used about 1.15kg, going down to 4 walls should bring it under a kilo.
Step 1: Printing
- All of the parts except the head can be printed without supports (see attached images for orientation)
- There are two options for the head, one with the face as a recess which can be painted, the other is blank and you can print the supplied stencil to spray-paint it as in my video.
- Since the parts are almost all cylindrical you can still get a very nice finish at layer height as big as 0.2mm
Step 2: Assemble
See the video for a full assembly guide
- Sections of arms are joined with glue
- Sections of legs are joined with glue
- Shoulder pins are inserted with glue
- U-shaped threaded rod holds the whole torso and spine together
- provides extra strength
- aligns the vertebrae segments