With Halloween just a few weeks away there is no better time to begin planning your spooky making activities, we thought we would get in nice and early this year and share some of our designs. We've got a handful of Halloween 3D printing and laser cutting projects to help get you in the mood and maybe give you a few ideas too!
We've included download links for all of our design files so you can begin making straight away! Although this isn't a tutorial we've included tips with each of the projects to help you get up and running with as little fuss as possible.
Halloween 3D Printing & Laser Cutting Projects:Near the foot of the article we've also listed some of the other ideas we had that we didn't have time to produce, hopefully some of these ideas will help to inspire your own designs. The download links for our designs can be found within the relevant sections.
Halloween Flicker Boxes:We used:
- 1 x Yellow Flickering Candle 5mm Water Clear LED - 30deg - 5800mCd per flicker box.
- 1 x CR2032 3V Coin Cell per flicker box.
Halloween Pumpkin With Yellow Flickering Candle LED:
- 1 x Yellow Flickering Candle 5mm Water Clear LED - 30deg - 5800mCd per pumpkin.
- 1 x CR2032 3V Coin Cell per pumpkin.
Bat With Flapping Wings:perspex sheet with some kerf cuts along the wing/body join so that the wings would flap. In our haste we got our sums wrong and kerf bending became kerf snapping. We re-cut our bat from polypropylene and salvaged the body from our perspex version to act as a platform for mounting our flapping mechanism. here. We used the same code for this project only tweaking the code slightly to get the desired effect. We used:
- 1 x Battery cage.
- 1 x BBC micro:bit.
- 1 x Servo.
- 3 x Jumper wires.
- 3 x Crocodile leads.
- 1 x Polypropylene sheet.
- 1 x Perspex sheet.
Waving Skeleton:here. We used the same code for this project only tweaking the code slightly to get the desired waving effect. Although we built ours using the prototyping system, if we were going to put it into a window we would power it and connect it up in the same way we did for our flapping bat design. We used:
Further Project Ideas:
- Motorised Spider: Laser cut or 3D print a spider and attach it to a motor using string. Use the BBC micro:bit and a motor driver board to drive the motor one way and then the other, lowering the spider down and then winding it back up. This would work great in a window.
- Wearable horns with lights: 3D print hollow horns that can be held in place with a strap and design an insert for each that holds a coin cell battery and an LED. Design the horns so that they are thin enough for the light to be visible. If you're feeling really adventurous you could add light sensing functionality so that the LEDs only turn on in the dark or add physical on/off switches.
- Sweet collecting cauldron: Design a sweet cauldron with a lid and holes for a string handle. You can place an SVG or DXF image on the bucket in much the same way as we did with the pumpkins above. A flickering light inside would also enhance it's look, especially outside when going door to door.
Time Lapse Video Of A Halloween 3D Print:If you wanted to have a go at creating a time-lapse video of your own 3D printing projects we've got some resources to help you do just that. Although aimed at those who use a Robox 3D printer some of the hacks can be used for any 3D printer. The table below contains links to all of the relevant resources.
|How To Make A Time-Lapse Video Of A 3D Print.|
|Make A Time-Lapse 3D Print Video With A GoPro||We cover how to trigger a GoPro camera with a Robox printer over WiFi to fully automate your time-lapse image capture.|
|Make A Time-Lapse 3D Print Video With A DSLR.||This time we are going to cover how to use Robox’s Go Pro Trigger function, and a a little hack, to trigger a DSLR Camera to fully automate your time-lapse image capture.|
|Make A Light Rig For Time-Lapse 3D Prints.||How we made a custom light rig for time-lapse 3D print videos to ensure consistent results for each print.|
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