Pokémon Quest – Pikachu

Finally! Pokemon designs made for my skill level!

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!

Helpful Tools:

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.)

  1. 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).

  2. Assemble

    Use a little glue in each of the recesses of the body and press the parts in.

  3. Color/Paint (OPTIONAL)

    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:

    jongilluley

    mingshiuan99

    Dang those look great!

  4. Play

    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.

Like what you’re seeing here?  Follow me on Twitter @DragonMtnDesign.  See me on Reddit (u/DragonMountainDesign)?  Hey.

Also, a special thanks to DonRi and RichGain for the support on MyMiniFactory.  You are some awesome folk!

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