The world of 3d Printing is filled with unique and strange creations from makers across the world. From DIY drone kits to Ukuleles, people are only limited by what their imagination can dream up. In New York City there is only one dragon though and that’s the 4.5 foot long 3d printed dragon by Kurt “The Bot-Guy” Wendt.
I had the chance to see Kurt’s creation at the recent 3D Printshow and Inside 3D Conference and Expo and he shared what went into the process of creating the dragon.
Printed on a MakerBot CupCake, there are over 250 pieces of ABS plastic that make up the Dragon and hundreds of hours were put into printing time, development, design and assembly. There was no glue involved in the assembly as the individual pieces were formed together using Acetone. The Blue on the Spikes on the Back and the Pink coloring inside the mouth is a liquid Kurt created by putting plastic pieces in a Jar with Acetone and then “painting” with it.
All of the teeth were printed originally as a set and had to be separated and cleaned individually before assembly into the mouth. The incredibly detailed head of the dragon was modeled with Autdodesk 3DS Max and Sculptris. The Dragon, which made its initial public debut at the NYC Maker Faire in 2012, has been a fixture of the Maker movement here in NYC and is a wonderful example of creativity and design coming to life through 3d printing.