My Latest Desk Gadgets – 3D Printed Gear Cube & Transparent Horse

I saw one of these 3D printed gear cubes on my neighbor’s desk and just had to have one! First off, for those of you who are newcomers to 3D printing, this little device was ‘grown’ in a single production step and came out of an Objet 3D printer basically as you see it, with no need to assemble the different gears together.

It’s also another great example of the amazing Objet VeroClear transparent material which is both transparent and functionally practical in moving applications such as this.

The material is also very aesthetically versatile – depending on what you do with it. This horse for example is printed with a gloss finish. With both these babies on my desk I’m now the most popular person at Objet HQ!



  • Y Toledano
    Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    I want one of these! it looks awesome!

  • Eloy
    Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    I soupsse the horse is very little, because this horse is soooo Clear! When i use this material ina big part, it is smoked!
    by the way, in the documents inside of the VeroClear Carditge, does not recommend use HQ….but this material has a definition similar as VeroGray!!

  • Kristy Houston
    Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    3D gadgets are just awesome! But what is the purpose of the horse and cube? Does it help with something when at work?

  • Sam Green
    Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    Thanks for your comments! First off, the horse and the cube are just examples of what we can do with the material. Normally designers would be printing product prototypes. These can range from the clear screen of a mobile device (see our Microsoft film on this blog), eye-wear etc. The cube is just a toy really. But it shows nicely how you can create a complex assembly in one shot – normally this part would need to be assembled by machine. Eloy – you need to polish and lacquer the parts to bring them out to full clarity – either that or print in glossy mode. The material works best of course if it's not too thick. If you require really thick parts with transparency our FullCure720 is a good alternative.

  • Jay
    Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    Can the horse be printed as one piece? How would that work, where the front of the head kind of hangs down? I didn’t think a 3d printer could do that. Does my question make sense? thanks!

  • Don Swinney
    Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    Can I Purchase One Of the Clear Gear Cubes.

    • Stratasys Staff
      Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

      Hi Don, Unfortunately they are not for sale. There are a lot of online repositories of CAD files ready for 3D printing. Perhaps you can find something similar online and send it for printing at

  • Andrew K.
    Jan 29, 2012 10:25 AM

    I love that design and I have access to a 3D printer!! Could you send me a link to a website that has the prints to build that gear cube PLEEAAASSEEE?


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