Pokemon GO Incubator




About: I'm a social-worker, working with 12 - 23 year-olds. I used to be a printer. In 2018 I opened a small makerspace (www.imdib.nl) in my house, where I have lasercutters, 3d-printers, Arduino's, Mindstorms and ...

The worst thing with Pokemon GO, after it freezing on you and running out of pokeballs and Pokemon that run away after you invested 5 balls in them already and the servers crashing and the Ratatta's.
Ok, so it is not the worst thing, but still it is a little bit annoying when you have 9 eggs and only one incubator. (yes I know you can just buy them, but I am Dutch so I don't)

Solution: Print your own incubator :) Gonna hatch them all

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Step 1: You Will Need

  • A 3D printer
  • White and yellow (or blue) filament (but the blue breaks after 3 uses)
  • Some kind of plastic tube. (from a soda bottle or chocolate hazelnut container or something)
  • An egg (real or plastic)
  • Black, green and yellow (or blue) sharpy
  • Hobby knife
  • Super glue

For adding the real lights:

  • Hot glue
  • 2 green and 1 red LED
  • Button cell battery
  • soldering stuff

Step 2: Printing the Parts

I designed this for a plastic tube with a diameter of 60 mm. So if your tube is bigger, just calculate how much bigger you need to print the parts.

Print the TOP and BASE in white.

Print the RINGtwo times in yellow (or blue)

I also added the 123D-Design files, so you can change things if you want to.

[I used a Robo3D printer with PLA]

Step 3: Prepare Your Tube

This was the hardest part of the whole project.

Find a suitable plastic tube. For me it was a chocolate hazelnut container.

  • Mark where you want to cut it. (Holding the marker steady and turning the tube is a nice trick to do this)
  • Cut the tube to size. (this was harder than I thought and I had to redo it twice)
  • I also had to clean up the edges.

Step 4: Add the Lighting

If you don't want to add lights, you can totally skip this step!

But if you do, it is really easy and the result is cool.

  • Put the LED's in the three holes.
  • Make sure that all the positive leads (the long leads) are on the under side.
  • Glue the LED's in place with hot glue.
  • Fill the holes from the front with hot glue.
  • Solder the three long leads (positive) together.
  • Solder the three short leads (negative) together.
  • Put a button cell battery between the positive and the negative leads and watch the LED's light up. (Make sure that you put the battery with the positive site towards the longer leads of the LED's)

After this I test-fitted all the parts.

Step 5: Glueing and Marking

  • Use a black marker to color the rim around the lights black.
  • Use a yellow (or blue) marker to color the rim on top yellow.
  • Put a few drops of super glue on the yellow ring and glue it on the white base.
  • Do the same for the top.

Step 6: Add One Egg

I had a plastic egg that I could use, but it would also work with a real egg that you just blow empty.

  • Use a green marker to draw the green spots on the egg.

Step 7: Put It All Together

  • Put the egg on the bottom ring.
  • Put the tube around it.
  • Put the top on.

I left the tube just press fitted, but you might want to glue one side on the ring.

Now just walk those kilometers to hatch those eggs and hope for a cool Pokemon to come out!

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    2 years ago



    2 years ago

    Some helpful advice you might like; acetone will smooth out your 3D printed parts so they don't look as blocky, giving a more polished look

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    That only works with ABS and I only print with PLA. Sometimes I make my models smooth the old way: sanding, filler, sanding, primer, sanding, spray paint, sanding, spray paint.


    3 years ago

    Can you tell us the exact product the clear plastic part came from (IE 20oz Pepsi)? I'm looking into printing this but am afraid I won't be able to find clear plastic that fits it exactly.

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi Kathy,
    It is probably better to do it the other way around: See what you can find and scale the print accordingly. We don't put oz in our bottles, but liters :) .
    I used a 60 mm tube, so measure the tube you can get and calculate the scale.
    Example: if your tube is 72 mm, the scale to print the parts will be: 72 mm / 60 mm * 100 % = 120 %

    I used a plastic candy container with chocolate covered hazelnuts.

    Have fun with it!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks! Also, are the top and bottom pieces solid or hollow?


    Reply 3 years ago

    The designs are solid, except for the hole in the bottom where you can put your LED's and button cell in (if you want).

    I think that I printed them with 30% infill, just to save material.