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Bad Gnome - Oversized

Creation's quality: 5.0/5 (2 votes)
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My girlfriend wanted a gnome for the garden. There aren't a whole lot of options here and this was one of the best I found. We wanted him to be full sized though. With a 200mm bed, just scaling him up was not an option. So, I split him into three pieces. To align the parts, you can either use a 3/8" wooden dowel cut into 49mm lengths (which is what I did) or you can print four of the pins. His overall finished height is 15" tall.

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  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • bottom.stl
    • middle.stl
    • pin_x4.stl
    • top.stl

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  • Publication date: 2019/02/22 at 15:39





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lol... thank you. I actually used high gloss outdoor oil based enamel paints since I knew he'd be exposed to the elements. I also sanded and filled the plastic with a filler primer to ensure as smooth a finish as possible. A high gloss clear coat spray should do the trick over acrylic paints. I look forward to seeing yours!

What paint did you use for yours? This finish is amazing, I used acrylic paints on my mini gnome but the finish is not brilliant and I want to get better paints for the bigger one. Once I have clear coated it I will post the make.

Yeah... I think it took me close to 24 hours per section to print mine with a 0.4mm nozzle at 0.3mm layer height. Scaling down shouldn't be a problem. I scaled him up, so scaling down might even be better.

I printed a little test gnome and I used supports. He is 30% size so around 12cm tall. I was testing a .6 nozzle and it took 4.5 hours at .2 layer height.

I am going to print a bigger one I did think about chopping his feet off and the printing the legs upside down and the feet separate. I have a Prusa mini so I may not be able to print it full size.

:) Thank you. No... supports are not necessary, but... I did find a minuscule amount of drooping between his legs and under his hands. I think scaling it up made it a little less bridging-friendly. If you are going to be painting it anyway, though, in my opinion, it really isn't worth the added time/filament for supports versus the small amount of cleanup you'll need to do. the pieces are printed in the orientation presented for best results. I'd love to see your finished model if/when you print it!

Did you print with supports and what orientation did you use for each part?

Great model btw.

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