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Ancient Pokeball from Pokemon Legends: Arceus (100% Snap-Together, 2 Different Inserts Available, Nintendo Switch Game Holder and Jewelry Holder)

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3D model description

Timeline of Updates:

3/10/2021: Initial Upload

3/11/2021: Improved Snap-Together Pieces. Updated Hinge, Ring Bottom, Ring Top, Ball Top, and Steam Valve.

3/24/2021: New Inserts! I uploaded files for a Nintendo Switch Game Insert (2 Piece) & Jewelry Insert (3 Piece). The previous silver ring design (top & bottom) changed to accommodate the snap-in inserts (now v2).

3/25/2021: Steam Hinge with Extra Clearance Added

7/26/2021: New Files 'Ball Top (Extra Clearance)' and 'Ball Bottom (Extra Clearance)' added to help with the rings snapping into place.

Model Description

Here is my take on the very unique-looking "Old" Pokeball from the upcoming game, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, with inserts for Nintendo Switch Games (Holds 16 Games) & Jewelry Storage (Multi-Tray System).

The Pokeball itself prints in 7 individual pieces and then simply snaps together, even the custom hinge! No glue or fasteners are required! The optional Nintendo Switch holder is 2 pieces, and the Jewelry Insert is 3. Inserts are designed to snap in and out of place easily.

I have also included some 'extra clearance' STL's if you are having a difficult time getting things to snap together.

You will need to have your printer reasonably dialed in to achieve good results with this design (as with most snap-fit designs)! The print settings I list are the settings I have had good success with, but feel free to adjust according to your printer!

As of 6/25/2021: If you wish to sell this model commercially, you can join my Patreon where I grant all of my patrons a commercial license. If you purchased my STL before then, your commercial rights are still in place.

3D printing settings

List of STL's (7 Pieces for Pokeball, 2 for Switch Insert, 3 for Jewelry Insert):

  • Ball Top
  • Ball Bottom
  • Ring Top
  • Ring Bottom
  • Hinge
  • Steam Valve (2 Different Clearance Options)
  • Small Notch
  • Switch Game Insert Bottom
  • Switch Game Insert Top
  • Jewelry Insert Bottom Piece 1
  • Jewelry Insert Bottom Piece 2
  • Jewelry Insert Top

-I use 15% for Pokeball pieces, except 100% for the hinge. I also only use 5% infill for the inserts

-2 Perimeters for all pieces seems to be fine, but you can feel free to add more for additional strength.

-You will need support for Ball Top & Bottom and Ring Top & Bottom. I have included photos of what my supports look like in PrusaSlicer. Make sure to use "Supports on Build Plate Only". You don't want supports to end up inside the notches that the hinge gets inserted into on the Ring Top & Bottom.

- I also included a photo of my support settings from PrusaSlicer (they're pretty much stock settings), but use whatever support settings work best for you.

- I have an assembly video in the highlights of my Instagram profile @thinair3d if you want to use that as a guide.

  • Here is a good assembly order to minimize the risk of breaking anything:

1) Snap the Ball Top onto the Ring Top (the one with the swinging latch)
2) Snap the Steam Valve onto the Ball Top. If you're having an issue with it snapping into place, there is an additional Steam Valve STL with more clearance.
3) Snap the Ball Bottom onto the Ring Bottom.
4) Insert the Small Notch into the Ring Bottom/Ball Bottom (It will be very snug, I advise CAREFULLY using pliers. You may hear two snaps, one snapping past the ring and the next snapping into place.)
5) Snap the Hinge into the Ball Bottom (It is easiest to do this side first; the 3 notches have more resistance than the 2 notch side.)
6) Snap the Ball Top/Ring Top onto the Hinge (which should already be installed onto the Ball Bottom).
7) Snap Inserts Into Ball Top and Bottom using a rocking motion while pressing on the front - I included guide photos above!

**Be careful not to twist the hinge while assembling!


-If the hinge is either too tight or too loose, you should be able to get away with either scaling down or scaling up by 1% to get a snug fit. Keep in mind, there should be a good bit of resistance to push the hinge into place (the more resistance, the better the final hinge fit). You should be able to CAREFULLY, and without twisting, snap it all into place by hand.
-You can also scale the small notch up or down 1% to get a better fit if needed.
- You're going to want to make sure there is no warping on any of your parts or you will have a difficult time getting a good fit with the ball and ring pieces. Use a brim if you need to.

-If you are still having issues, please feel free to message or email me and I will see what I can do to help!

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • Ball Bottom (Extra Clearance).stl
    • Ball Bottom.stl
    • Ball Top (Extra Clearance).stl
    • Ball Top.stl
    • Hinge.stl
    • Jewelry Insert Bottom Piece 1.stl
    • Jewelry Insert Bottom Piece 2.stl
    • Jewelry Insert Top.stl
    • Ring Bottom v2 (For Inserts).stl
    • Ring Top v2 (For Inserts).stl
    • Small Notch.stl
    • Steam Valve (More Clearance, Easier to Snap).stl
    • Steam Valve.stl
    • Switch Game Insert Bottom.stl
    • Switch Game Insert Top.stl

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  • Last update: 2021/07/26 at 21:06
  • Publication date: 2021/03/10 at 08:15





Hello, my name is Jacob and I have been 3D modeling for around a decade at this point! My background is in Mechanical Engineering, but I have recently found and become obsessed with the more artistic side of the 3D World.

I purchased my first 3D printer mid 2020, and have since spent as much time as I've been able learning how to apply my 3D modeling skills to the 3D printing world! The major goals with all of my designs are 1) Easy to print, 2) Few to no supports, 3) Minimal post-processing, and 4) The fewer non-printed parts the better!

I consider most of my models a "forever work in progress," which means if I come up with an idea to improve an existing model of mine, I will implement it and upload the new files!

If you would like to use my files commercially, I have set up a Patreon in which I allow people to print and sell my designs, and also have a lot of designs you won't find here! You can find it at

If you have any questions or issue, feel free to email me at

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Understood, thank you very much for this quick response !

Thank you for picking up the model! I have not tested the model at different scales, but I do know that scaling it down is going to cause issues with the clearances and the strength of the hinge. The press-fit parts are likely to get too tight, and the hinge is likely to lose strength because the smallest features are already very small.

I may end up releasing a smaller version in the future with some reduced functionality, but for this particular model and the functional elements I wanted to include, this was about as small as I could go!

Really cool model, printing it right now !
How scalable is it ? I want to do a smaller version afterwards ( around 70%) if it's possible.

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