What to print for the day – Dancing Skeleton

Dancing Skeleton


  • Description

Amazing dancing skeleton
All its parts are 100% 3D printed with PLA and do NOT need support
Very easy to print, it is a very cute and fun toy
Its wind-up motor was designed to be printed in 3d in a very simple and easy way, tests were carried out with different materials and on different 3D printers to ensure perfect operation.
Important (Do not print the gears with the base because they cause jams)
if you can, JUST print the arms and legs with base

  • Setting

Layer height: 0,2
Support: NO
Infill: 5%
Printing temperature: 200°C – 190°C
Printing surface: 60°C


The biggest enemy stopping the skeleton from dancing is friction! To avoid that, we need to get rid of string, ironing, and even the raft/skirt. To find the best temperature and retraction for your filament to get a clean print, I highly recommend you to try the retraction&tempreture tower if you want to calibrate your slicing setting.
In order to print durable parts, print the gears, and spring with 100% infill. A very crucial part to reduce friction on gears is to print them separately without raft and skirt. It will take longer to print one at each time but you will get stringless gears. You want it because rough edges on gears can easily get stuck in each other.


Not much to stress on printing skeleton parts, but still needs to watch out when removing the support for its thin bones. To make my Mr. skeleton special, I found and printed sunglasses and a microphone for him.

Printer Info

  • Direct Drive Extruder: All-metal extrusion and direct drive with strong extruding. Can print with PLA, TPU, ABS, and other 1.75 mm filaments.
  • Excellent Nozzles Structure: The D1 has been equipped with a wear-resistant all-metal nozzle for optimized torque, and an upgraded cooling system.
  • Double Z-axis screw: Equipped with dual Y-axis motors and down-shift Z-axis, moving more smoothly, fewer points of failure, and fewer headaches.
  • Added On: It offers all of the quality of life features such as resume printing function, filament runout sensor, auto power-off after the end of the printing, and a 4.3-inch HD touchscreen


I suggest watching this Youtube video for step to step guidance on assembling the dancing skeleton. Always test the friction by twisting the nuts in case anything gets stuck or parts need post-processes. I have to sand the rail and leg to make sure the stick goes back and forth smoothly.

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