Meet the Emoji Family :-)
The 3D Emoji range includes many of the most popular and common emoji's... but made into real stand-up 3D printed characters. They can be placed anywhere and everywhere to convey a message, how someone is feeling (their mood), or just for fun to look good.And, they make great gifts!
To help ensure you get great prints PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED
3D Emoji's are quick and easy two part prints. They consist of a front which is the face part that includes the legs and arms. The second part is the back which has locking tabs that will secure the back to the front part (rear of the face). In multi-colored Emoji's the back part also has added features, such as eyes, tongue, tears, glasses and teeth etc. You need to download the matching back and front parts (refer file names .stl) as they are made to mate together.
The heights of the features designed into the back have been carefully set so you can pause your machine mid print 1 or 2 times (depending on the features) and swap filament colors. To do this at the right places you need to watch the back forming and the first color change is when the locking tabs and features start appearing above the back surface (which has then finished printing). This is when the back has printed to approx. 3mm height (plus raft if used). If the design has two color changes required (such as Tears of Joy with white teeth and blue tears) the second filament change is always straight after the top of the first feature (teeth in this example) has finished printing.
Once printed make sure you clean the model up and pay particular attention to the mating surfaces of the front and back parts. They need to be smooth with no excess lumps of plastic. Any lumps could stop the parts fitting together properly.
The locking tabs printed into the back part need to be strong so they don't break when being snapped into the front part. To achieve this I recommend using 3 shells and 20-25% infill as a minimum. These tabs also need to be checked post printing to make sure there is no excess filament attached to them that could stop them being inserted into the face part. The back / tabs will be hard to snap into the slots in the face part. This is intentional to make the back permanent once snapped on. I suggest spraying a small amount of light silicone or similar lubricant onto these tabs before forcing the parts together as it will help with the joining process. You should be able to snap the parts together by hand but, if absolutely necessary, you can lay the parts face down on a flat surface and tap above the tabs gently with a small hammer. This is a last resort suggestion but should not be necessary.
3D Emoji's have been designed to lean slightly forward so should stand well. However, The weight of the back will change with different numbers of shells and amounts of infill. If your 3D Emoji's want to fall backwards you can fix this by either (a) gently filing the underside of the feet slightly so they lean more forward or (b) hold your Desktop Emoji's feet in (very) hot water for a short time then gently and evenly bend the legs slightly so to make it lean more forward. Once the plastic has cooled again it will be as hard and strong as usual.
Please read the print settings recommended and also look at all of the photos provided as some contain useful information that will help ensure great results.
If you like these designs check out the rest of my fun and practical designs and please post images of your prints for others to see!