A New Way to Plant Your Favorite Plants

When it comes to gaming and cultural fads which have a global following, none has had the popularity and following as Pokémon. According to DMR, at its peak, there were nearly 5 million active users for Pokémon Go daily. This does not include additional followers such as those that play the traditional card game. Nor does it include those which follow the television series. It is easy to see how the culture has expanded into various markets. 3D Printed Pokémon material has thrived. And while you may expect to find 3D Printed characters and look-a-likes, it may be new knowledge to find out that there are now 3D Printed Pokémon Planters.

An Old Concept with a Modern Spin

Using planters to commercialise a product is nothing new. The Chia Pet maximised on this type of planter with the various profiles and casts which were available, ranging from monkeys to Scooby-Doo.

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This Scooby-Doo chia head is one of many common characters available.

The limitation with the Chia Pet is that you can only grow one type of greenery. With the 3D Printed Pokémon go planters, the owner can enjoy whatever he or she wishes to see grow, depending upon the type of the planter that is chosen. For example, an Ivysaur Planter is a bit longer and can therefore be used for larger plants. However, the smaller Pokémon Ball planters would be ideal for a small desk plant or single flower.

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Looking at this model, you will see that the planting space on the Ivysaur is longer than the traditional rounded planter. However, it is a bit narrow and so you will need to either scale the width or choose a plant whose roots do not expand too much.

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Clearer view of lvysaur

Making a Pokémon 3D Planter

Yeggi has honed in on the Pokémon culture, offering an assortment of 3D Printed planters for download. Most of these files are in STL format. If you find that the character you wish to have as a planter is not available, you can create your own. There are a few rules which you should follow when making your planter. These rules are

  1. If you are using a 3D model, ensure that you change the model from triangles to quads for the best results. Eliminate any overlapping edges and clean up the rest of the geometry as needed.
  2. You will need to bevel holes (I would recommend no larger than .1196 mm) to allow for water drainage. Be strategic with your hole placement as water can leak onto your desk or table if placed inappropriately.
  3. Shell your 3D Model. This will give you an exterior profile without added geometry. Once you have the shell of your model, you will need to offset your shell or adjust the thickness of the material (if you can do so within the settings of your 3D Printer this would be best as the less geometry that you have the better the results).
  4. If you have an interior and an exterior shell, do not forget to add connecting faces to the top edge of your planter.
  5. Save your file in STL or step format as these are usually the best formats for CAD Models.

As you can see, there are a few variables that go into the creation process. It is recommended that if you do not know how to use 3D Software, that you acquire a planter or a model which has already been made as a 3D Printed Pokémon Planter model. You can always tweak, or have someone tweak, the model for you.

Going Large

One of the things which I really enjoy about the Yeggi models is that they are completely scaleable. This means that even though you may have an Oddish Planter intended for desk use, you can scale the model so that it can become a floor sized planter. Want more details? Take the existing 3D Printed planter model and update the bump or UV mapping. As the bump map can add texture and the UV map controls the material/texture that you can apply to the model (which subsequently will be the material that is painted or applied with sticker wrapping, stencil, etc.), you can get a plethora of variations off of one 3D model.

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While this is a small planter for a desk, how neat would it be to scale it up for a lemon tree (kind of a baby Pikachu ball)? All you would need to do is call up this Pokémon ball planter.

Printing Your Model

Because you are printing characters which are hollow, you will need to consider the way in which your printer will make the part or parts. If you have arms and legs which are to be in the model, ensure that they do not pose a leaking risk. To avoid any potential leakage, consider a drain bowl at the planter’s base, or since these are so small, a coffee filter may allow the plant to continue receiving oxygen while preventing an overabundance of leakage. Also, consider the filament and the overall size of the 3D Printed part so you do not have to splice or change the overall design of the planter.

Combine your love for your interior space with your love for Pokémon. Whether that is a Pokémon Pokéball, a character that is provided, or something completely unique to your artistic design is up to you. Whatever you decide, it is sure to get people to take a Pikachu (peak-at-you…get it?).

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