This is a set of models which you can use to create any kind of pixel art you like
Everything prints without supports and the pixels print without infill to save material and print time. That also makes it possible to light up the art from behind.
The bevel on the top is so there aren’t inconsistent gaps caused by irregular first layer calibration and to accentuate the pixelated look.
Simply print as many pixels as you want and join them with 3D printed clips. Mostly you’ll want side clips, but sometimes you might need a corner clip. Flip it over and you’re done.
One hour of print time will make 17 pixel blocks. You can fit 72 pixels on a Prusa MK3 3D printer.
SIZE At 100% scale, the cubes are 2 cm wide. You can make them smaller or bigger as you like, but you’ll have to scale the clips to be shorter (keeping the gap the same size) if you go below 13 mm cube size. The corner pieces will need scaling as well, you can try using the same percentage scale on them as the cube (they should go from edge to edge to stop it rotating.
3D PRINT SETTINGS The joining clips were designed to hold together cubes that have only one outer perimeter. For this reason, you should use the following settings for printing the pixels:
Perimeters: 1 Bottom solid layers: 2 Top solid layers: 0 Infill: 0% Layer height 0.3 mm Supports: off
Settings for the joining parts (any settings you like just make it solid): Layer height: 0.3 mm Perimeters: 2
All parts are placed on the print bed as we would print them to save you time.
The model doesn’t need any glue but if you want you can glue it together to make the joints permanent.
Do you like the model and don't have a 3D printer? There are lots of people who offer 3D printing services these days. Try searching for someone who offers them in your area.
This model was brought to life by Filip from 3Demon. We are a group of modeling and 3d printing enthusiasts based in Prague, Czech Republic. We’ve been making 3D printable models for more than a decade. We make a lot of cosplay accessories but we also make all sorts of interesting 3D models. You can join our community or just look at more of our creations here: https://3d-mon.com/links/