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Picture of 3D Printed Zoetrope

A zoetrope is an animation device that predates the use of film. It creates the illusion of motion by placing a series of images or objects in a circle and looking at the objects through slits as the device spins. For this project, we 3D printed ice cream cones that fall over, melt, and then return to its original form. For fun, we added an ant stealing a sprinkle!

Things you'll need:

  • A 12" wooden disk
  • Paper drum with slits
  • Access to a 3D printer
  • Tinkercad (to design your objects)
  • Ultimaker Cura (to prepare your objects to be printed)
  • Acrylic paint, paint brushes, super glue, and hot glue
  • Record player (or some other way to spin the zoetrope)

Step 1: Brainstorm What You Want to Animate!

First, you have to decide what you want to bring to life! Since you are 3D printing your objects, you have to think about the design process: will this be feasible to create in Tinkercad? will this be able to 3D print? will I be able to come up with enough variation to create an illusion of movement?

jessyratfink5 months ago
So cute! Love the photo of the painting in progress :D