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3D Printed Ice Cream Cone

3D Printed Ice Cream Cone

by scientiffic | updated September 11, 2015

For the 3D printing week of How to Make Almost anything, I decided to fix a broken part on my Labbit toy.

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I had to 3D print something, so I decided to 3D print a replacement part for my Labbit!

A Labbit is a very cute vinyl toy that comes with a set of interchangeable pieces that fit in its mouth.  Unfortunately, my ice cream cone piece had broken, so I decided to print another one!

October 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM
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First I tried using the ZCorp scanner, which is a handheld scanner.  To use it, you have to affix white dots over the object you're scanning.  I found that my ice cream cone seem to be too small and have too many features to scan accurately – in the 3D model it created, nothing was recognized..

 

October 27, 2014 at 12:17 AM
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Next, I used a more accurate scanner made by Next Engine.  With this scanner, you place your object on a rotating turntable, and it outputs a 3D model.  Luckily, this one worked a bit better, although the model was still super messy.

 

October 27, 2014 at 12:19 AM
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Because the mesh was so messy from the 3D scanning, I just ended up creaing the model from scratch in SolidWorks (attached).  This gave me much more control than the scanned models.

 

October 27, 2014 at 12:21 AM
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Sending the part to the 3D printer was easy; all I had to do was give it a STL file (which I exported from SolidWorks). It took only half an hour to print.  Time to paint...

 

October 27, 2014 at 12:21 AM
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I started by masking off part of the cone with tape.  Then I spray painted the two halves of the cone.  To add some texture to the ice cream, I hand painted it.  Yay, it's done!

 

October 27, 2014 at 12:22 AM
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In the end, my ice cream cone ended up looking pretty different than the original, but in a nice, personalized way. ( :  I was surprised how tricky 3D scanning was; if I had known, I would have just started from modeling the piece from scratch in CAD.

 

October 27, 2014 at 12:22 AM
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