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Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

Nov 03,2023 | 3D4Create

Articulated 3D printing allows multi-piece models to pose, move, and come to life right off the print bed. 

This post showcases 20 impressive articulated 3D print designs across categories. Discover new heights of dynamism and personalization for your 3D printed figurines!

1. Articulated Night Spirit Dragon

With graceful curves and flowing details, this mythical dragon appears ready to take flight, its slender body and expansive wingspan conveying a sense of majesty and power.

  • Who designed it? AKinferno
  • How printable/popular is it? 75k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Articulated Dragon

 

 

2. Cute Mini Octopus

The articulated octopus is an adorable and enchanting creation that captures the charm of these fascinating sea creatures. This miniature model or toy features a series of articulated joints, allowing for a delightful range of movements and poses. 

  • Who designed it? McGybeer
  • How printable/popular is it? 67k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

3. Super Flexi Gecko

Experience the wonder of nature with the gecko, engineered for unmatched posing ability! You can use PETG to create a smooth, jam-free range of motion that maintains rigidity while allowing incredible contortion.

  • Who designed it? Martin Rigatoni
  • How printable/popular is it? 17k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

4. Articulated Elephant

This articulated elephant design was inspired by the magnificent Mechanical Elephant that transports people in the city of Nantes.

The elephant's movable legs make it a popular choice for children's playtime and for individuals looking to add a touch of charm to their office or workspace.

  • Who designed it? le FabShop
  • How printable/popular is it? 10.5k downloads and 524 likes
  • Where to find it? Cults
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

5. Articulated Whale Shark

You have the choice to print it with different amounts of infill, allowing it to either sink or stay afloat on the water's surface. There are also various versions available, so you can customize your shark to have a happy or frightening face, and decide if you want its jaw to be movable or fixed. 

  • Who designed it? JD3D
  • How printable/popular is it? 23k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

6. MINI 13 Printable Jointed Figure

Bring this fully posable mini figure to life right from your 3D printer! Designed with printable joints for bending and posing the arms, legs, and head. Customize your own mini character with various filament colors and painting.

  • Who designed it? soozafone
  • How printable/popular is it? 15k downloads 
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

7. Articulated Pangolin

In recent years, the pangolin, a mammal covered in scales found in Africa and Asia, has been classified as an endangered species. To contribute to this cause, amaochan has designed a 3D printable version of a pangolin. 

  • Who designed it? amaochan
  • How printable/popular is it? 8.3k downloads 
  • Where to find it? Cults
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

8. Articulated Axolotl

It is a multi-part 3D printed model assembled using flexible joints for posing. Crafted from lustrous silk filament, each part of this unusual salamander shines in vivid colors. Despite its rigid appearance, specially designed joints allow gently positioning the axolotl's head, legs, and tail into different stances. Here are more axolotl models to enrich your collection. 

  • Who designed it?  AKinferno
  • How printable/popular is it? 4,540 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

9. Friendly Articulated Slug

This articulated slug is a delightful and unique creature that showcases the beauty of nature in unexpected ways. This charming model or sculpture features a series of movable joints, allowing the slug to assume various poses and positions. 

  • Who designed it? Copper Keep
  • How printable/popular is it? 13k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

10. Articulated Square Fidget Toy

With this intriguing fidget toy, you can unravel the puzzle-like nature of these geometric shapes and deconstruct a square and rearrange its pieces to form a triangle, offering a unique and engaging fidgeting experience. Here are more fidget toys for you.

  • Who designed it? Ematyk
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.9k views
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

11. Articulated Bone Dragon

Take flight with this fearsome 3D printed bone dragon! Designed with articulated joints and movable parts to allow posing mid-flight or perched on the included display stand. 

  • Who designed it? kh4rj0
  • How printable/popular is it? 13k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

12. Second Print In Place Dinosaur

Articulated dinosaurs are fascinating creatures that captivate both children and adults alike. These impressive models allow us to bring the ancient world of dinosaurs back to life in a tangible way. 

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

13. Articulated snake v8

The articulated snake is a remarkable engineering feat that pushes the boundaries of robotic design. This snake features an enlarged head, which enhances its capabilities and versatility.

  • Who designed it? TechnicaL
  • How printable/popular is it? 5.9k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

14. Articulated Lobster - Updated Model

This updated articulated lobster model is a must-print for seafood lovers! Designed with segmented body sections and printed movable parts like claws and antennae to enable posing.

  • Who designed it? DaPrintingPrinter
  • How printable/popular is it? 2.6k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

15. Articulated Lizard

With its series of movable joints mimicking a lizard's natural movements, the articulated lizard is a captivating creature showcasing the adaptability of reptiles. 

  • Who designed it? McGybeer
  • How printable/popular is it? 10k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

16. MINI 13: Star Wars AT-ST

Lead a miniature assault with this 3D printed posable AT-ST from Star Wars! Designed with movable joints to allow posing just like the films. This mini all terrain scout transport makes a great addition to any Imperial army or Star Wars collection!

  • Who designed it? Dr Operator
  • How printable/popular is it? 2.1k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

17. Articulated Unicorn

If you have an admiration for mythical creatures, this design by Benchy4Life is perfect for you. Unlike other articulated models, this unicorn possesses cleverly designed legs that allow it to stand independently. 

  • Who designed it? Benchy4Life
  • How printable/popular is it? 2.4k downloads
  • Where to find it? Cults
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

18. Articulated Butterfly

This model serves as a delightful ornament for indoor plants and offers the flexibility to pose it according to your preference, all thanks to its set of movable wings.

  • Who designed it? 8ran
  • How printable/popular is it? 481 makes and 16 remixes
  • Where to find it? Thingiverse
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

19. Articulated Chameleon

The design features a 10-segment tongue that can stretch up to 5 inches. The creator made the tongue and body as separate pieces, allowing you to display the chameleon in various poses, like catching flies or resting on a shelf.

  • Who designed it? McGybeer
  • How printable/popular is it? 6.1k downloads
  • Where to find it? Cults
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

20. Flexi Starfish Coaster

This innovative mouse design incorporates a flexible joint mechanism that allows for enhanced movement and adaptability. This improved articulated mouse provides greater comfort and control.

  • Who designed it? squinn
  • How printable/popular is it? 568 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

Best 20 Articulated 3D Print Models: New Levels of Posing and Animation

 

Tips for 3D Printing Articulated Models

  • Print with flexible filament - Materials like TPU and PLA filament flex rather than snap when under pressure.  Use flexible filament for parts like joints that need to bend.
  • Use pins and axles - Pins aligned through holes allow parts to pivot smoothly.  Use short sections of filament or metal rods for axles.
  • Print supports for overhangs - Overhanging parts will need supports to print properly.  Use dissolvable support material.
  • Sand and lubricate parts - Sanding parts smooths the print layers.  Lubricating with oil or grease helps articulated parts move freely.
  • Test print first - Print one version of the model fully assembled to test the fit and function before printing the full model.
  • Assemble carefully - Press parts together firmly for the best layer adhesion when gluing.  But avoid excess glue that could cause moving parts to stick.

Spectrum Splendor PLA Filament - 1.75mm Rainbow Multicolor Spool

Rainbow Silk PLA Filament

 

Conclusion

Articulated 3D printing actualizes imagined creations with enhanced motion and interactivity. As shown, makers continue pushing the boundaries of multi-part animation with ingenious designs. Whether seeking to fabricate an original character or animate a beloved figure, these examples inspire new possibilities. 

 

FAQS:

1. What are articulated 3D print models?

Articulated 3D print models are designs with interconnected, movable joints that allow parts like arms, legs, heads, etc. to pose dynamically. This enables animation, more lifelike figures, and creativity.

2. Why are articulated models useful?

Articulated 3D print models are great for model kits, figures, puppets, miniatures, robots, concept prototypes, and any application where flexibility, posing, and motion are desired.

3. How do you make an articulated 3D model?

Making an articulated 3D model requires designing parts with pivots and hinges that interconnect with each other. Ball joints, twist joints, universal joints, and living hinges enable movement and posing.

 

See Also:

How to Create Articulated 3D Print

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The 15 Most Innovative 3D Printed Swords - Collapsible and Mystical

Dragon 3D Print: 20 Best Models for 3D Printing

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