In this post I like to share a few screenshots of the Zoetrope design and printed parts I made. I have uploaded the 3d printable files (.stl) on my Thingiverse page for free download.
Zoetrope (Greek ζωή zoe, “life” and τρόπος tropos, “turning”)
is one of the coolest things I have seen in a while and it inspired me to design a 3d printable handheld version that is powered by an impeller!
Designed in Fusion 360
One of the key things to consider was how the Zoetrope should spin around. I decided to use a ceramic 608 bearing (same used for skateboard’s) imbedded in an impeller since I haven’t seen that before.
Designing the impeller was the most difficult part but there are some great videos on youtube that helped a lot! One video I can recommend it this one here.
Here are some screenshots from the final design.
After the design part was done the fun part started, printing all the relevant part and assemble them. I am using a Prusa MK3S and everything fits well, the only part I had to glue was the wall to the impeller. Maybe I will redesign the part in the future so there will kind of “snap” together but I didn’t want to overcomplicate it.
Here are some images of the 3d printed parts.
Please let me know what you think about the design and if you like to see a detailed Fusion360 tutorial of the modelling process.