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Problem Solved: 3D Printed Foosball Players
Foosball is one of the highly addictive game tables which will keep you entertained for hours. The only shame is that some tables don’t have great quality players and that means the players will eventually break. There are two options you can do when that happens; you can buy new replacement foosball players or you can make your own foosball players using a 3D printer. Which one is cooler? 3D printing of course! 3D printing gives you the option to make the players just like you want them to look. Use the existing players as a base. When you are making your own 3D printed foosball players use one of the existing players as the base because if you don’t, you can end up with players which are too high or have a too wide hole for the rod.
The most important thing in designing a foosball player is to make sure it will fit perfectly on the foosball field. If the players are too loosen up on the rod, you won’t be able to spin it, because every move you make, the player will move in some other direction. The player’s feet are the most important.
There are two kinds of foosball players based on the shape of their feet. The round foot player is the older model of a foosball player and it is not the best design. The main reason for that is the fact when you hit the ball with round surface it can bounce in so many directions! That is why the design was changed and most today’s players have rectangle feet. When you hit the ball with the completely straight surface, it will go where you hit the ball, so no more wondering balls on the field.
Another feature you can add to your player’s foot is the cross-hatch design on the foot. That design gives you the opportunity to perform tricks because it is not 100% smooth surface. Now those are some pretty useful tips for your new 3D printed foosball player, don’t you think? The overall design of the player When you design the foot of your player, you are almost done. Everything else you have to design you can make your desire. You can make a robotic foosball player like Tornado has, or you can give your creativity the wheel and make something new. If you are a fan of some movie franchise or some book, you can make the players like the characters from the movie/book.
The only thing you have to keep in mind: the holes for the rods and the feet. Everything else is completely your imagination. When you look at the situation from that angle I can assure you, you won’t be sorry for making your own foosball players with the 3D printing technique.
Mark is a foosball fan who is the owner of a foosball blog. He named his blog the Foosball Zone and on the blog, he writes everything you need to know about foosball. If you want to know more foosball table rods and players visit his blog.