A Wild Trainer Hat Appeared!

Go Team Valor!

Let’s be honest:  If you want to be the very best, like no one ever was, you need proper gear.

Pokémon GO was released and promptly downloaded to my phone earlier this week.  Since then, I’ve been giddy running around my neighborhood under the guise of taking my dog and daughter out for walks (as long as it’s not too hot out), trying to catch ’em all, except…

I need a trainer hat.

You need a trainer hat.

Let’s make a trainer hat.

Parts List:

Blank Hat – eBay (Link is for search results for a trucker-style hat, and depending on who you buy from, they’re not very expensive.  You know what though, don’t limit yourself to a baseball/trucker-style hat.  Slap this sucker on bandanas or purses or cowboy hats.  It’s really your call.)

Ninjaflex Semiflex – Fenner Drives (Or grab some sample quantities from GlobalFSD or Printrbot.  Semiflex only comes in limited colors though.  Sorry, Team Instinct.)

Helpful Tools:

3D Printer (Capable of properly extruding flexible materials.)

Flush Cutters

Small Flathead Screwdriver

Sharpie Pen

  1. Print Out Parts

    These badboys are designed to be printed out in NinjaFlex Semiflex material because PLA would get all weird in the sun.

    I've gotta update my settings on Github.

    Components can be found on Thingiverse, YouMagine, Cults3D, and MyMiniFactory

    Use the flush cutters to clean up any strands left from the material.

  2. Mark and Cut Hat

    Use the “PokeBacking” component to stage where you want to place everything, and mark the centers with a Sharpie Pen.

    Clean up those stands, man! That's disgusting! Glaringly visible: Accidental Dot.

    Using your flush cutters (or small scissors or whatever), cut VERY small slits for the backing to protrude through.  There’s not a ton of play until they’d be visible when everything’s finished, so the smaller the better at first.

  3. Assemble

    Push the protrusions of the backing through the slits you just cut.

    It'll look terrible at this point and you'll wonder why you started this project. Keep moving forward.

    Use the small flathead screw driver to assist in shoving the protrusions into their respective recesses.

    Maybe the backing could have been alright without a directional indicator, but I thought it was fitting.

  4. Become the Very Best

    Hey dude!

If you’ve been enjoying what you see here, and you want to protect the world from Team Rocket, follow me on twitter @DragonMtnDesign.

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