Dec 14, 2014

Last month London-based designer Elliott Viles (who also goes by the name of soulorigin89) raised the stakes on 3D printed tributes with his latest creation: an extremely cool and (almost) life size replica of the Conduit F3 Fusion Rifle, from the brand-new Destiny video game.

3D printing empowers many toy enthusiasts to design and 3D print toys and gaming figurines. London based 3D designer & 3D scanning specialist Elliott Viles has a keen interest in prop design. Last month he raised the stakes on 3D printed tributes with an extremely cool and (almost) life size replica of the Conduit F3 Fusion Rifle, from the brand-new Destiny video game. And this week he has showcased another latest design cool design: a German Panzer IV Tank.

"For sometime I wanted to design a model tank with 3D printing in mind as on other websites I have noticed that other tank designs don't take into consideration the factors involved in FDM 3D printing such as overhangs and support material." notes Viles. "Desinging this model took some time as I wanted each part to fit together without glue and without any support material during printing which is no easy task. I used reference images from google to model the tank and imported them into a session within solid works to generate the basic shapes. Certain features on the Panzer IV have been changed in favor for a smoother printing experience and zero support generation."

The model is designed in Solidworks and printed on his Ultimaker 2 and Makerbot 3D printer. The model features a inbuilt bearing within the turret so it will have functionality as soon as its printed, the cannon can move up and down which adds allot of value to the model.

And as can be seen on the photos, Viles' replica of this piece of German Panzer IV Tank is impressive. The tracks were printed in NinjaFlex, a flexible and strong filament for 3D printers. Although the wheels don't move on this model, however Viles plans to add this feature in future designs. He also recommends that the wheels must be printed at 100% infill and with a higher resolution for enhanced durability and ease of fitting. The other parts such as the turret chassis and fenders can be printed at 15% infill at a lower resolution.

You can find files of Viles' tank here. Viles has included an image displaying the orientation of each part on the print bed so you can be sure that your model will turn out the same as his design. "Each wheel will slot into its appropriate slot, you will need to print x2 of front wheels , x2 of the back wheels x12 of the bottom wheels and x8 of the top wheels."

Check out some more photos of this nice work below.

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luke wrote at 6/12/2019 11:35:22 PM:

it is quite cool,going to make it my self

john cena wrote at 3/11/2016 8:23:02 PM:

omg plesae fix the hole on the top of the tank it makes it look unprofessional but nice job overall

alex wrote at 6/5/2015 5:37:25 PM:

It's great man .but still work on details

jd90 wrote at 12/14/2014 11:37:40 PM:

Great. Uploaded to a site that requires registration to download. Yes, I can register, but I'm getting annoyed with needing to register seemingly everywhere for a simple download.

Moshe wrote at 12/14/2014 3:49:22 PM:

Great, Natzi tanks for all >> "Panther is the common name of a medium tank deployed by Nazi Germany in World War II from mid-1943 to the end of the European war in 1945."

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