Jan 25, 2016 | By Andre
When I think of 3D printing tie-ins with movies there's no doubt the latest Star Wars episode takes the cake if you consider the abundance of cleverly creative film based 3D printed props, models and figurines. Shifting over to the interactive realm of video games, the most enthusiastic fan base emerges out of the Fallout universe. Through the years, detailed reproductions of weapons, communications devices and creatures have been masterfully designed, 3D printed and finished by avid fans of the post-apocalyptic adventure series.
Daniel Lilygreen is one of these fans. He's recently kept himself busy by creating a T45-d Power Armour Helmet, one of Fallout 4's most sought after and difficult to procure items. Thankfully, he has also generously released all the necessary print files to Thingiverse for anyone wanting to make their own.
His example helmet, which was beautifully painted after assembly, is made up of 49 3D printed items, with the main body of the helmet made into 12 pieces that are doweled together. Some of the pieces that make up the main body may require some sanding to provide that perfect fit.
From a technical perspective, it looks as if 3D printing in ABS or PLA would yield similar results so if you are up for this project, go with whatever you’re most familiar with. All of the parts fit onto the printbed of my Replicator 2 3D printer so you should be good without scaling providing you have access to a mid-range consumer desktop 3D printer. Lastly, supports do need to be turned on for some of the parts, but that shouldn’t be a problem. It looks like only a very minimal amount would be necessary so cleanup in that regard would be a breeze.
I’m all this explosion of fan-based 3D printable items that are becoming more and more common every day. It’s rare that a game development company would have the additional resources to produce a series of replicas (3D printed or otherwise) so leaving it to the fans to share their creations is great. And considering the Power Armor helmet has already been viewed by nearly 30000 people and downloaded what is now approaching 4000 times, it’s evident others are excited about what’s going on as well.
At the end of the day, I’m not quite sure what makes fans of the Fallout series so passionate about 3D printing. I do have a theory though. While wandering around the massive landscapes of the post-apocalyptic Fallout universe over the years, some must have realized having a 3D printer to make whatever they wanted, when they wanted, would come in handy. So who knows, maybe there will come a day when I’ll be sitting in my worn down bunker printing this Power Armour Helmet as a means to survive!
Posted in 3D Printing Application
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