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New Snap-Flex Joint and a St. Patrick's Day Friend

New Snap-Flex Joint and a St. Patrick's Day Friend

Thanks for sticking with me over the past few weeks! I've been doing a lot of experimenting & prototyping and less actual posting, so this weekend we have 2 exciting new models Sly - Articulated Snake, Snap-Flex TWIST Little Lucky Rubber Ducky Snap-Flex TwistThe new Snap-Flex Twist is my attempt to revamp an old experiment using some of my learnings from the current Snap-Flex joint. I experimented with dozens of different mechanisms when trying to make locking/posable articulated models, and all but one of them got left on the cutting room floor. Now, with new learnings from the current Snap-Flex joint, I'm revisiting old designs to see which ones I can breathe new life into. The Snap-Flex Twist joint flips the Snap-Flex design on its head: Instead of Pushing to Lock and Pulling to Flex like the original Snap-Flex joint (ie. Slick - Articulated Snake), the Snap-Flex Twist swaps those two around:Pull to LockPush to Flex This allows for a greater range of motion, and posability while locked in place so you can have more twists and turns in your posed models. The chains in this design are a little thicker at 100% than the usual models, so feel free to give it a solid tug if it's a little tough to snap at first. There are a number of design trade-offs that make this possible, so please let me know how you like the new Snap-Flex Twist and how you think it could be improved. I already have a list of several changes I want to make, so your feedback will help me validate which development paths to actually pursue. VideosI'm starting to include short turntable videos with each model I post, and I would like to take better advantage of our ability to include videos on the model pages now. Please check out the latest model pages and the linked videos and let me know what other types of content you would like to see. As always, thank you for all of your support and for liking & downloading my designs! I love hearing your feedback and seeing any photos you post of the final prints. Seeya around! ~Tom (Mimetics3D)

Back to Basics - Experimenting with New Techniques

Back to Basics - Experimenting with New Techniques

Thanks for hanging with me over the past few weeks! I've had a lot of work and family obligations keeping me busy, so I haven't been able to post as many of my designs. This sleek new snake is here to hold the line while I finish up a few more complex projects: https://than.gs/m/1009793 On the flip-side, I've been experimenting with a few new techniques and new types of models. While I'm working on turning most of those experiments into finished products, I want to keep new models coming for you. Luckily, some of those experiments have been in minimalist design. I've noticed a lot of demand for smooth/sleek models recently, so I've taken a back-to-basics approach with this latest model. While a lot of my previous designs have had a lot of texture, I need to remember that MORE isn't always better. This doesn't mean that I'm switching excusively to simple designs. They're just a way for me to keep growing as a designer while I test out other styles. What sort of designs would you like to see more of? Is there a particular model you've really loved OR a model you'd like me to make? If so, let me know! Thanks again! ~Tom (Mimetics3D)

❤️🐲 Find a Lot of Love in a Little Dragon 🐲❤️

❤️🐲 Find a Lot of Love in a Little Dragon 🐲❤️

❤️❤️❤️A little dragon cute and smallwith heart enough to love us all.She helped me write this little rhyme,so she could be your Valentine!❤️❤️❤️ Tight Tolerance Val, Baby Love Dragon:https://than.gs/m/996332Medium Tolerance Val, Baby Love Dragon:https://than.gs/m/996335Loose Tolerance Val, Baby Love Dragon:https://than.gs/m/996336 I've gotten a lot of good feedback about the previous Baby Dragon, Sprout. Val is here to make the most of your suggestions Easier to Paint Her accessory features are better topologized to make for easier in-slicer painting for multi-color prints Easier to Snap The end of her tail is larger with more area to grip when snapping/unsnapping the joints. Better Print Finish Her horns and other features have fewer tiny details than the features on Sprout, giving them a smoother/cleaner finish on FDM prints As always, I love hearing your suggestions and seeing photos of your models. I'm already seeing a ton of great makes of Val's axolotl friend and I'm excited to see your awesome makes of Val! Seeya Around! ~Tom (Mimetics3D)

🚨Another WILD Maker Giveaway!   Another $1000?🚨

🚨Another WILD Maker Giveaway! Another $1000?🚨

Alotl Love, Little Heart Axolotl: https://than.gs/m/994480 All of the Snap-Flex makes that the community has been posting lately are really incredible. I would LOVE to see more! So…. We’re doing another giveaway with 🎉$1000 total prizes🎉 4,3,2,1 Maker's $1000 GiveawayThis giveaway runs through this Thursday 1/25 at 11:59PM EST The 4 Makers with the highest scoring (most likes) Makes of Mimetics3D Snap-Flex models on the Thangs3D Makers Leaderboard will receive Matterhackers gift cards: 1st Place: $400 Gift Card 2nd Place: $300 Gift Card 3rd Place: $200 Gift Card 4th Place: $100 Gift Card To enter, post your Make on Thangs and share it on the social media of your choice tagging @Mimetics3D Not sure how to post a Make?I've got a simple walkthrough here: https://www.mimetics3d.com/contest This latest model is a really quick print, so there's a lot of potential for some fun Makes there. With more chances to win and some quicker prints this week, you've got a pretty good shot I still have to sort out a few things with this most recent leaderboard rankings, and over the weekend I'll be reaching out to the winners from this past week. I'm excited to see all of your AMAZING Makes! ~Tom (Mimetics3D)

3,2,1 Makers Giveaway

3,2,1 Makers Giveaway

🎉Another Giveaway?🎉Mimetics3D - 3,2,1 Makers Giveaway There were so many awesome makes of Snap-Flex designs last week! I’d love to spread the joy a little further. This giveaway runs through this Thursday 1/18 at 11:59PM EST The 3 Makers with the highest scoring Snap-Flex makes on the Thangs3D Makers Leaderboard will receive Matterhackers gift cards: 1st Place: $300 Gift Card 2nd Place: $200 Gift Card 3rd Place: $100 Gift Card To enter, post your Make on Thangs and tag @Mimetics3D on the social media of your choice The latest Snap-Flex model is a fun quick print, so you’ve got a pretty good shot if you get started today: https://than.gs/m/992133 And if you've got any models already printed out that you haven't posted yet, feel free to include those too! If you're not sure how to post a Make, I've got a simple walkthrough here: https://www.mimetics3d.com/contest

Meet this little Sprout of Happiness

Meet this little Sprout of Happiness

In the heart of the woods, where new spirits awake,Beneath lively green leaves, by a shimmering lake,Stirs a cute little Sprout, with a calm gentle smile,Bringing warmth of the spring to each lush leafy mile. With eyes like dewdrops glinting in the sun’s light,He dances on treetops, from day into night.A sign of renewal, in the fresh, forest air,With each step that he takes he spreads joy everywhere. I've gotten some feedback that my longer prints can be a little intimidating if you don't know which tolerance to choose. It's frustrating to print out a whole dragon only to learn that it's too loose/tight in the filament you wanted. (Trust me, I've done this several times, myself) With that in mind, I decided to try out a short, simpler Baby Dragon for this week's release. Sprout is the smallest Snap-Flex Dragon so far, and is a great test print if you want to try out each Snap-Flex tolerance in a new filament Be sure to download all three tolerances to test out which works best for your different filament preferences. Tight Tolerance Sprout:https://than.gs/m/992126Medium Tolerance Sprout:https://than.gs/m/992128Loose Tolerance Sprout:https://than.gs/m/992133This was a lot of fun to experiment with making a dragon with smaller body segments. While he's not as posable as the longer dragons, I find him much easier to casually fidget with.He's also got a bit of a different vibe from my other models so far, and I'm excited to experiment a little more with this style.Please let me know how you like him and if you have any suggestions for future models.Thanks!~Tom (Mimetics3D)

Win an ADDITIONAL $1000 for Posting your Snap-Flex Makes

Win an ADDITIONAL $1000 for Posting your Snap-Flex Makes

Want to win $1000 to fuel your 3D printing passion?To celebrate the upcoming 2024 Year of the Dragon, I’m giving away $1000 worth of gift cards to @MatterHackers and/or @3djake_official To enter:1. Submit a Make of a Mimetics3D model on @Thangs3D2. Tag and follow @Mimetics3d on social media showing off your Make3. Encourage your friends to like your Make and move you further up the @Thangs3DContest leaderboard4. Profit???The top performing Make of a Mimetics3D model will receive a $700 gift card to Matterhackers or 3DJake The top Make of a Mimetics3D model by someone with a membership to Mimetics3D on Thangs3d will receive a $200 gift card The top Make of “Chip, Wood Dragon” by Mimetics3D will receive a $100 gift cardIf you manage to pull off all 3, you get the full $1000 (not to mention whatever you get from the actual Makers Leaderboard itself)The Thangs Makers Leaderboard runs through next Thursday night (11:59 PM EST, 1/11/2024), but the sooner you post. the better your chances.Ready? Set? .... GO I'm excited to see all your awesome prints! ~Tom (Mimetics3D)

Chip the Wood Dragon is Here to Celebrate the New Year

Chip the Wood Dragon is Here to Celebrate the New Year

Chip, in the spring's gentle embrace,Dances where bamboo forests grace.Leaves whisper tales in rhythmic play,While guarding nights and greeting days. In each rustle, a story hides,Of ancient wisdom, time abides.And with the glint of emerald scales,Chip turns legends to playful tales. In moon's deep glow or sun's bright cheer,His dragon song rings crisp and clear.A touch of yin in youthful yang,With Chip's delight, the forest sang. With all the grace of nature's hand,He frolics in this wood so grand.A dragon, wise yet ever spry,Under the vast, unending sky. Tight Tolerance Chip:https://than.gs/m/987806Medium Tolerance Chip:https://than.gs/m/987800Loose Tolerance Chip:https://than.gs/m/987809

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