I’ve been really enjoying this game since it came out on mobile last week. Not just because I love that voxel-based Pokémon lower the bar on designing and printing your own, but it’s also pretty dang fun.
To start out on my own quest, I did a search for images, and was going to model the pikachu off of those, but just before I started working on it, I was browsing Reddit and found a user who made a beautiful 4K wallpaper with some of the in-game models. In addition to the gorgeous art (great job again, u/Kovkov), there was a link to the downloadable game assets.
The files were all in the *.ply format, which I had never heard of before, but after a quick Google, discovered that they could be opened by Blender!
Model looked great, but I wanted to add a few details and part out the limbs/ears/tail in order to avoid using supports and improve the overall strength of the prints. Since I’m still pretty much a Blender noob, I exported the file as an *.stl and brought it into Fusion 360 as a mesh. My mesh skills are also quite limited, so I used that as a template to build the model from the ground up.
After scaling, adding details, and separating the model into pieces, it was ready for printing!
3D Printer (or printing service)
E6000 glue (or Gorilla Glue. I used that here because I ran out of E6000 on my last project, forgot to get more, and had this stuff on-hand. It works really well.)
Print Out Parts
Files are available on MyMiniFactory. They can be printed out all at once without supports, brim, or any other assistance.
7/6/2018 UPDATE:The eyes were bugging me, so I tweaked and updated the QP-Body file to fix them (updated photo in next step).
Use a little glue in each of the recesses of the body and press the parts in.
I had gotten some fancy Sharpie markers to experiment with coloring prints, and that is clearly not the way to go. I tried it out on the initial prototype, and once the ink dried, most of it all flaked off. I really don’t like the idea of painting with a brush (that’s just me), but it would probably look amazing with the proper colors, and I will update with photos if/when I gather up the will to do it.
8/8/2018 UPDATE: A couple of folks on MyMiniFactory have printed AND painted the Pikachu, so I wanted to give a shout out to them:
Dang those look great!
It’s a free game to play, and this is a free model to download. Get to it!
Also, it’s pretty clear that these Pokémon are 100% a part of the Minecraft universe.
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Also, a special thanks to DonRi and RichGain for the support on MyMiniFactory. You are some awesome folk!