Designing and 3D Printing a Kaiju in SOLIDWORKS

In this tutorial we will be showing you how to create the second awesome model: a Kaiju. If you want a worthy adversary for the monster, click here to check out the our first tutorial where we made the mech warrior. This tutorial we will be focusing on how we made this awesome kaiju. Now this is a different style of model. Where the mechanical warrior was made mainly using basic modelling features this model uses more complex surface modelling techniques.

Now the modelling for the kaiju is basically a series of organic shapes blended together with fillets. The key to making models like this is planning it out, if you plan your process for each section, work out the shapes and features you will use. Doing this will make this process much easier. We started this process by constructing a 3D skeleton to map out where everything is going

A similar technique was used here as to the mech warrior where we modelled everything on one side and mirrored it over. But we only did this with the limbs as if we did this in the body it would leave a visible seam line.  The head was done last and the neck was blended with a few fillets.

Once the model was complete it was time to go back and add the joints and tolerances to make this model 3D printable. This model was much larger in size so different joining techniques were used as apposed to the mech warrior. Here for the elbows and knees we used a pin which was glued into place to hold the join in place and move freely around the pin. The shoulders and hips snapped on like a simple clip. If the clips were smaller they could easily snap while assembling we used a simple tolerance gap of 0.5mm all around for this model.

When printing this model the limbs had to have support material as if we cut the model in half to have flat edges to print on it would detract to the look we looking for. So the limbs had support to help them print out. the body and tail all had flat edges so they printed all support free. They had flat faces to print on. This is the best way to print your models but it can always be avoided.

Once all the parts were printed and cleaned we moved onto assembly. We threaded the ninja flex through the holes in from the mouth, though the body and down to the tip of the tail. A drop of super glue held the knot in place and tight, just like we did for the arms of the Mech warrior. With the limbs the elbow and knee were slid into their slots and the pin was glued into place. We then snapped them into place on the body. With this completed the assembly.

Just like the mech warrior we left this grey as to inspire others to create their own design. The possibilities of shapes, size and creatures is endless. we hope to some users using this tutorial to create their own Kaiju and 3D print them out, whether is a toy for a your child or a replica from your favorite monster movie. This tutorial can be the stepping stone to awesomeness.

This would conclude this pair of awesome tutorials. One model which is inorganic and mechanical, and the other pushing the boundaries of what can be done in solidworks. But honestly with a little inspiration those boundaries are limitless. Be sure to check out the below video to see a time lapse of the art to part kaiju process, then click the banner to download the models and see how the mech design was tested against kaiju collisions and seismic forces in SOLIDWORKS Simulation.

 

 

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