While it’s impressive enough to recreate a piece of pop culture with 3D printing, maker Steve Solomon has gone the extra mile for his interpretation of Kermit, well, Kermits to be more accurate.
In the header image above you’ll find two versions of the famous Muppet. The larger one on the left is intended for a normal, single-colour 3D printer. The model is sliced according to colour and it’s up to the person making it to individually switch out the colours of the filament for each piece, print them all, and then assemble everything together.
The smaller Kermit is intended to be printed in fewer pieces by a printer that can handle more than one colour of filament at a time.
While both of these designs could be printed in any colour and then painted, they offer up different solutions to avoiding that step, as well as creating more avenues to make your own regardless of which machine you use.
Solomon tells us that both designs were made in Blender with the larger, multi-part version taking a few weeks to complete, working on the project for an hour or two at a time.
Not counting the time to change out filaments, the larger of the two took around 10 hours to print when the model was finally ready.
After assembly with glue – which comes with this rather handy but slightly creepy diagram – this Kermit measures in at 14 centimetres tall.
As the multi-part print came first, the multi-colour version came together faster with Solomon telling us that it only took around two hours to convert the model over while still retaining the fact that it could be printed without supports.
As a smaller version this took a shorter amount of time to print at around seven hours. As a five colour printer was used to make this six colour Kermit, the rather gruesome decision had to be made to decapitate Kermit and make the head separate to the body.
Thankfully this was fixed with a bit of glue. Again, steps like this can be avoided if you’re willing to break out the paints or have a less than accurate print.
While there we really suggest checking out the rest of Solomon’s work. At the time of writing there are 46 objects there which cover a vast range of classic fictional characters. Our favourites are the Cheshire Cat, Snoopy and this great diorama of Calvin and Hobbes.