I’m working hard on writing up my electronics assembly notes for my Makergear Mendel Prusa, but off to one side my printer is faithfully assembling molecules into magic, printing a Dragon’s head .
It is a week since I printed my first wonky, stringy calibration cube on my hand-assembled kit printer. Today I ran out of the red PLA, and switched to clear PLA, which is its natural, unpigmented colour. If anything it is easier to print with, and extrudes more smoothly. And it is beautiful! In celebration, I printed a magical being.
This dragon is translucent. When held up to the light, the eye-sockets are brighter because there is less plastic behind them. I’ve uploaded the photo with the green background so you can judge scale.
It is 74mm from neck to nose, 59mm wide and 54mm tall. It took 8.1 metres of 1.75mm diameter filament and almost exactly two hours to print.
And you only get to see the right-hand side of it’s head, because the horn on the left-hand side fell over before it was linked to the head. The whole thing printed with the neck on the bottom and the nose at the top.