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