December 25, 2014 AT 2:00 pm

Sergey Kolesnik – Russian toy designer creates complex and awesome printable robot toys #3DxToys #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Sergey Kolesnik – Russian toy designer creates complex and awesome printable robot toys. From 3Ders.org:

…After several years of working as a freelance 3D artist working on everything from games to commercial projects, his focus jumped from digital 3D content to creating physical 3D printable robotic toys.

His love for 3D printing started when he was invited by a Moscow company to develop robotic toys for a project they were working on. In the process, Kolsenik rekindled his interest in science fiction movies and robots and decided that he wanted to continue designing physical robot toys full-time. However, being far away from Moscow meant that having access to a 3D printer was difficult and he wasn’t prepared to pay for his own desktop 3D printer. Eventually, he purchased an Ultimaker 2 in 2013 and has since been creating some of the best 3D printed toy robots that we’ve ever seen.

Fueled by the ease of being able to sketch, model and fabricate his own toys, Kolsenik has been focused on designing multiple toy collections now that he has a full-fledged design and production studio in his own home. Among the collections he has been working on include Robot Beetles and Bugs, Robots inspired by countries and a kid-friendly series that focuses on silly aliens.

For the 3D prints, Kolsenik approaches each design so that it is strategically-built up vertically and able to be printed without support material, which ultimately creates a higher quality finished product. Because the final designs have moving parts, it can take up to 4 days to create a single robot toy. The final prints are printed using PLA, which allows Kolesnik to get as much detail in his prints as he can off of his Ultimaker 2….

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