Reverse Engineering: Tako Jimbo
“It was such a great opportunity to have Puzzlebox 3D scan and 3D print Tako Jimbo for me. I am grateful because of this technology, my workload was greatly lessened.”
- Arman Kendrick, Co-Founder and Sculptor of Lost and Found Designer Toys
Tako Jimbo is the first piece Arman had mass produced and it sold out within 3 days including buyers from abroad. His clients suggested to make a bigger size of the sculpture so he came up to the idea of 3D printing with the work of our 3D printers and 3D scanners. He accepted the challenge and formed an idea to 3D print his Tako Jimbo up to 300%!
Conceptualizing Tako Jimbo
The concept of Tako Jimbo was developed by Arman and his girlfriend. It was based on a series that they are working wherein the creatures in the deep sea are actually influenced with culture from the different parts of the world.
The role of a 3D scanner
In order for the Tako Jimbo to be recreated, it has to undergo the 3D scanning process. We used our EinScan–SE of Shining 3D that features automatic scanning with no rigid setup, one-click scanning, auto alignment, and fusion for direct mesh generation. This 3D scanner is compatible with our 3D printers.
- Easier operation, faster scanning, plus enhanced efficiency. Time needed for a single scan: EinScan-SE 8 s, EinScan-SP 4 s; time needed for a 360-degree scan under auto-scan mode: EinScan-SE 2 mins.
- Fine details, accurate data files. Structured light 3D scanning technology, great power of reconstruction the real geometry of the object with fine detail.
- Automatic Software. Automatic calibration with no rigid set-up required; One-click scanning; Auto alignment and fusion for direct mesh generation; Multiple ways of alignment available in EinScan-SP: markers, turntable markers, feature and manual alignments; EinScan-SP provides a higher accuracy of 0.05mm for a single scan.
What our Ultimaker 3D printers did
Finishing one Tako Jimbo would took him about a week but with the aid of 3D printing and 3D scanners, he can make tons of Tako Jimbo within a week. Our Ultimaker 3D Printers - Ultimaker 2+ Extended and Ultimaker 3 worked together simultaneously to recreate the bigger Tako Jimbo.
The body was printed at Ultimaker 2 Extended+ while the Helmet was printed at Ultimaker 3 where we used dual extrusion using the thermoplastics polylactic acid (PLA) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) which disolves completely in tap water.
Images below were 3D printed w/ Ultimaker 3 using PLA and PVA (water soluble)