As many of you know, I’m not just a 3D artist, but also a proud Mum to two eager adventurers who share a love for all things undersea – especially when it comes to the Octonauts and their cute, quirky, and utterly delightful Vegimals.
For the uninitiated, the Octonauts is an animated series that submerges young viewers into the fascinating world of marine biology. Among their ranks are the Vegimals, a lovable bunch of half-vegetable, half-animal helpers who add a splash of humour and cheer to the Octonauts’ undersea adventures.
As a parent, it’s always a delight to see your kids’ faces light up in fascination. When I first set out to 3D print some Octonaut figures for my little ones, I found that existing models didn’t quite capture the charm of the show’s characters. Then, an idea bubbled up: why not create my own Octonauts Vegimals 3D models? And so, with Turnip and Barrot as my starting point, I ventured into creating our very own undersea crew.
The reactions I received upon presenting the first two Vegimal test prints to my boys were beyond words – fascination, joy, and a flurry of questions filled the air. “wow, are these the Vegimals!?” “How did you do it, Mum?” “Can you make the rest of the Vegimals?” “can we paint them?” Seeing their eyes light up with such excitement was all the encouragement I needed to add more members to our 3D printed Vegimal crew.
In many ways, the antics of my children and the Vegimals mirror each other, providing a constant source of laughter and appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. Watching the world through their eyes, igniting sparks of curiosity, and fueling their passion for creativity are some of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent and an artist.
With every new Vegimal model, the eagerness of my boys grows – from painting their unique Vegimal figures to expressing a keen interest in learning to sculpt. Their enthusiasm is a powerful reminder that the world of 3D printing is more than just bringing characters to life; it’s about creating experiences, stimulating curiosity, and, most importantly, crafting memories.
So, here’s to more undersea adventures, Octonauts-inspired creations, and most importantly, shared smiles with our loved ones. Remember, with creativity and 3D printing, we’re not just making objects; we’re sculpting joy and wonder, one Vegimal at a time.
Until next time, keep those 3D printers humming, keep exploring, and as the Octonauts would say, “Explore! Rescue! Protect!”
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