Leaping Rat Fail

I’m working on a pack of rats, five or six different poses all based off my Magic: The Gathering Rat Token. There’s only so many ways you can pose a rodent before they start looking the same, so I thought I’d try something more epic in my latest rat.


rat fail

This little fella hasn’t gotten past the low-resolution test print stage on my Replicator yet. His only points of attachment to his base are the tip of his tail and his feet, which form fulcrums for the rest of his body. Invariably around 40% of the way through the print, right at the hips, the stress of being wiggled by the extruder head detaches part of the model.

I’ve tried all kinds of wily 3d printing tricks, slowing down the extruders, increasing the number of shells, etc.

I have a gallery of Lovecraftian rats-but-not-rats in the scrap bucket. Here’s what he should look like.


leaping rat

I might give it one more go with slightly thicker legs that are less likely to break off. Stay tuned.

You can download the model here and give it a shot yourself. It’s not Forge-worthy until it can be verifiably printed. This looks like a job for a non-FDM machine like the mUVE 1, Form1, or b9Creator. Have at it, bots.

What do you think?