Make a 3D printed pirate at home with cardboard

Published on April 24, 2020 by Carlota V.
3D printed pirate

During this period of quarantine, it is not always easy to keep busy: colouring, puzzles and board games, these can do the trick! So why not turn on your 3D printer to design a 3D printed pirate using cardboard boxes? The French company La Biche-Renard has launched the “Carton-Pirate”, meaning Cardboard Pirate, a fun activity to do at home, with or without children, which will allow you to recycle your cardboard boxes and give them a second life. The actual printing process takes about 3 hours: the 3D files can be downloaded from the La Biche-Renard website, with a few tips as a bonus. You can also find our listing on the best STL files to download and to print during quarantine!

Every month, La Biche-Renard offers a subscription box to be received directly at home that includes all the necessary elements to design an object from your 3D printer: 3D files, filaments and other accessories. You can therefore manufacture your lighting, your electronic piano or even decoration. The last project of the French company consists in assembling a pirate from cardboard boxes and 3D printed parts.

The 3D files are available for free | Credits: La Biche-Renard

The Cardboard Pirate, a playful manufacturing project

The  Cardboard Pirate consists of 21 3D printable components and a cardboard that is big enough and 2 mm thick to make the pirate’s body; you can for example use the box of your filament reel. All the 3D files can be downloaded for free from the site: bolts, screws, the pirate’s arm, his hat or his wooden leg. All parts can be printed in about 3 hours with any plastic material of your choice. The company recommends a layer thickness of 0.2 mm and only the wooden leg requires printing supports, therefore facilitating the whole process.

Once the parts are ready, the cardboard will have to be cut to make the head and body according to the indicated patterns, which can also be downloaded from the site. All the assembly and gluing steps then follow. For this, the French startup worked with the company Carton Lune, specialized in the manufacture of cardboard furniture and decoration. Arthur Dalaise, co-founder of La Biche-Renard, explained: “We are moving towards a world where everyone will be able to create objects, download those created by their friends and reproduce them at home with their 3D printer. Our kits allow you to explore the possibilities offered by 3D printing, combining fun and learning. The advent of 3D printing is the time of new inventors and our desire is to help them express their full potential.

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