3D printing has come a long way in the last few years and today it offers us the ability to make different things with a lot of underlying 3D printing techniques. You can make absolutely everything you can think of with a 3D printer. Since I am a huge foosball fan, I wanted to share with you few tips and tricks if you ever decide to make your own foosball players. It is cool to have custom made foosball players. You can always draw inspiration from serious foosball brands which can improve the design of the foosball player that you would like to create.
Different Types of Foosball Players
There is a major difference in performance of the early types of foosball players and the modern ones. Besides materials, the biggest difference is the design of a foosball player. When it comes to the design, the fewer details the better. The past foosball players looked like a real foosball players with detailed body and legs, which showed some flaws in performance. The main flaw has been the rounded foot because when you hit the ball with a foot like that, the ball may bounce off in a different direction. Due to that, the player’s foot has changed through the history and replaced with a rectangular piece. When you hit the ball with the straight surface it won’t bounce off in an unknown direction like with the round one. The best design of a foosball player is with the Tornado foosball table models. Their design is robotic and it is as simple as it can be. The foot is rectangular, but it is also slightly tilted for better ball control. The foot of Tornado players also has a cross-hatch on the surface and they made that so you can perform tricks with their players. For example, you can pick up the ball and hold it in the air on the foot.
Another important part of a foosball player is connected to the rods and that is the hole for the rods. Most rods are the same dimensions, but with small differences. That small difference can mean the world to your player because the hole has to fit perfectly to the rod. You can’t make a hole which is too small or you won’t be able to install the players. So, to make a perfect hole for your new player, use the existing one as the base. That way you know that the hole will be the perfect fit to the rod and you won’t have to worry about the size.
Now, why have I mentioned the entire design of a foosball player? To show you how important a good design of a foosball player is. If you are going to make your own foosball players I suggest you look at the Tornado foosball players if you want to improve your skills.
Everything else you can make just the way you like it. Making your own 3D printed foosball player gives you the opportunity to play with the shape and the overall appearance of the players. There are excellent ideas on the internet where people made Batman foosball players, the entire national soccer team and besides that, you can make the players look like you and your friends or family. For example, the head of a foosball player can be your head, why not? With 3D printer, only the sky is the limit and that is why you have to make the best out of it.