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3D Printed Skeleton – Best Curated Models to 3D Print

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by James Murphy
Feb 14, 2019

3D Printed Skeleton – Best Curated Models to 3D Print

These 3D printed skeletons are a triple threat: They're artistic, educational and fun. (Some are even a little scary!)

3D Printed Skeleton We've All Got One

This baby T-Rex is one of many skeleton prints you can find.
This baby T-Rex is one of many skeleton prints you can find. Source: INHUMAN_SPECIES / Cults

Skeletons – whether yours, mine or the dog’s – are pretty complicated. A 3D printed skeleton takes a bit of the mystique away from these hidden structures, while also showing off the complexity achievable via 3D printing. Here’s a rundown of a few of the more interesting models, where you can find them and how best to print them.

3D Printed Skeleton 1. Anatomical Human Skeleton

Even 3D printed skeletons deserve to have a friend.
Even 3D printed skeletons deserve to have a friend. Source: graphix25 / Thingiverse

What is it?  A fully articulated human skeleton called Mr. Bones. It can be scaled up or down, and the model can be broken up, so you can print just the skull, for example. It offers a lot of possibilities for customization and is also looks very realistic.

Who designed it? Armando Rodriguez 

Who printed it? The model was designed to be printed in Nylon on an SLS printer. If you don’t have an SLS printer, you can use our 3D printing price comparison service and have the model printed for you. Mr. Bones has over 3,000 likes and more than 20 makes on Thingiverse.

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Skeleton 2. Velociraptor

This 3D printed dinosaur lets you bring Jurassic Park into your own home.
This 3D printed dinosaur lets you bring Jurassic Park into your own home. Source: Inhuman_Species / Pinshape

What is it? A realistic model of a velociraptor, you know the scary ones from the film. A very cool model that once printed would look impressive in any office or on any coffee table.

Who designed it? Inhuman Species, who have several impressive skeletons to download and print 

Who printed it? You can purchase the model on the Pinshape website, but you will need to find your own printer. Again this would be a good fit for an SLS or SLA printer. The SLS because of its rough powdery finish also looks like bone. There are no examples of successful prints on the page, you could be the first to post one. 

Where to find it? Pinshape

3D Printed Skeleton 3. Bionic Hand

This bionic hand can be printed without the need for supports.
This bionic hand can be printed without the need for supports. Source: HendoJ / Instructables

What is it? A 3D printed bionic-hand skeleton. Strictly speaking, it is not a full skeleton, but it is skeletal and very cool. If you follow the instructions, you can even make it work.

Who designed it? HendoJ

Who printed it? The model is broken down into sections, which, according to the designer, can be printed on a desktop FFF printer without the need for supports. There are full instructions for printing and assembly on the Instructables page. A number of people successfully printed the hand and their examples can be found a the bottom of the instructions.

Where to find it? Instructables

3D Printed Skeleton 4. Skeletor

The printed Skeletor bust is still scary.
The printed Skeletor bust is still scary. Source: vinnivanhood / Thingiverse

What is it? Skeletor from He-Man. Though it’s not as popular as it used to be, most people born in the ’80s can remember He-Man and his nemesis Skeletor. For me the most famous skeleton villain there is.

Who designed it? 3D sculptor Adam Beamish 

Who printed it? There are over 20 makes on Thingiverse, most of them from PLA on a desktop FFF printer. Some of the prints have even been done in multi-color. 

Where to find it? Thingiverse

3D Printed Skeleton 5. Jack Skellington

A printed and painted Jack Skellington mask.
A printed and painted Jack Skellington mask. Source: Christopher Bermant / MyMiniFactory

What is it? Probably the second most famous fictional skeleton character – Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. This model is a fully wearable mask.

Who designed it? 3D modeler and designer Bermant Designs

Who printed it? There are over 20 makes on Thingiverse, most of them from PLA on a desktop FFF printer. Most of the prints look good and there are even some in multi-color.   

Where to find it? MyMiniFactory

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