It’s finally happening! My daughter came to me with her own creature design, and asked that I make it a toy.
I’m so excited and proud, and based on the other artwork and models both of my kids have shared with me in the later parts of 2021, I’m hoping to make this a series to focus on throughout this new year.
Designed in FreeCAD 0.19 in a few hours of focused time during my annual Holiday Break; this came together smoothly, and only a few adjustments for assembly were required. After suggesting to continue the use of wiggle/googly eyes on creature/monster projects, my daughter convinced me to stick with her “cute eyes” concept, and I think it was a much better design choice overall (wiggle/googly eyes are still an option though).
12mm Wiggle/Googly Eyes (100% optional)
3D Printer capable of working with flexible materials
1. Print out Parts
Files can be found toward the bottom of the page.
Material: Flex (98A)
Should note that the 12mm Cute Eyes were made with a material change within Prusa Slicer to achieve the proper look. The CWS-EyePin components were printed in the same build, which is why they also are two colors (but they don’t have to be).
2. Assemble Wings
Press-fit CWS-Wing into CWS-Body as shown (x2).
3. Assemble Spikes
Press-fit CWS-Spike into the assembly as shown (x4). Use a little glue if necessary.
4a. Wiggle/Googly Eyes (Optional)
If you want to go the Wiggle/Googly Eye route, this is your stop. Otherwise, go with 4b.
Use a little glue on the back side and fit them in as shown.
4b. Cute Eyes
Press-fit CWS-EyePin into the assembly as shown. Would recommend not using glue at this point.
Add a little glue to the backside of the 12mm Cute Eyes, arrange them your preferred way, and press-fit into the assembly (they’re quite versatile).
5. Do Cloud-Winged Spiker… things…
So far I haven’t gotten a lot of background or lore related to these creative creatures other than what I’ve gathered from playing with my kids:
Cloud-Winged Spikers fly on wings that are made of clouds (maximum height depends on how full the clouds are of water), spin forward to defend themselves with their spikes, appear to lay eggs in giant flowers, and eat fish.
What would you have this little monster do?
Click the Download button below for a zip file containing all the components.
Files are available under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
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Happy New Year, everyone!