Dec 18, 2014 | By Simon

Already one of the hottest shows on television, Doctor Who isn't just memorable because of its engaging storyline, it also has amazing characters...some human, some not.

Among others, there are the Daleks.

Conceived of by science-fiction writer Terry Nation and designed by Raymond Cusick, the first Dalek appeared on the second original Doctor Who episode in 1963.

The salt shaker-shaped cyborgs are known for shouting "Exterminate!" and otherwise being a nuisance for our hero and protagonist, Doctor Who.

Inspired by the popular villainous cyborg, Instructables user 'snifikino' has uploaded a Dalek project using 3D printed components. Design of the dalek is created by design teacher Edward McAndrew (aka Audrey2). Snifikino shared the original files for creating your own on the 3D printed Dalek project page.

Accurate Dalek Model from Doctor Who created by Edward McAndrew

The end result, which stands at an impressive 12 inches tall, is made from a variety of 3D printing materials, however 'snifikino' mentions that they can be painted, too (he recommends using HIPS). He also recommends that you print the main body using BronzeFill as 'that will give a unique and more realistic feel to it (after polishing) and it will add some weight to your Dalek.'

There are mostly 5 main colors to look for here, if you are going for the traditional appearance:

  • The base would be grey, or dark silver
  • The main body which would be gold or bronze color, or printed with BronzeFill
  • The base of the hemispheres, the neck mesh and the joints for the eye and weapons in black
  • The weapons and eye in silver
  • The lights on top, in clear filament with the raised parts painted in silver

Of course, if having a realistic looking Dalek isn't a concern of yours, you can print it in whichever type of filament you'd like!

The Dalek's body has a total of 56 holes on the skirt, so you will need to print 56 hemispheres in a bronze/gold filament along with 56 hemi bases in a black or grey filament. Once these files are printed, you can then glue the hemi bases, hemispheres and skirt together.

The shoulder is pretty straightforward. Print the shoulder.stl file along with the box decals which go around the holes for the arm and weapon and the slats which go all around the shoulder and glue everything together.

The neck of the Dalek consists of 3 main parts. First, you have the mesh which you can print in black, then you have the 3 horizontal rings and finally the vertical struts. After printing, you start by gluing the 4 neck meshes together into a circle, then insert the 8 struts into the rings and glue them together. Finally, insert the mesh into the rings+strut assembly and then glue everything together and glue it to the shoulder assembly.

For the head, print the cowl file which goes over the slit for the eye of the dalek. Then, print two lights files which snifikino recommends to print in a transparent filament so you can then paint in silver the raised parts. Finally, you can glue the cowl in place as well as two lights, and start on accessorizing your Dalek. You can add plunger or laser beam to make it more awesome.

The above pictured Dalek was printed by NoLiver92 at 100% scale

Once all parts are printed and assembled, you will get your own Dalek from Doctor Who.


Below is the Dalek created by Edward McAndrew:

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Audrey 2 wrote at 1/7/2015 2:15:02 PM:

I swear to god this will drive me up the wall, seeing so many people post my work to someone else's credit. Snifikino didn't design the dalek, I did. Snifikino hasn't even printed one. All the pictures (apart from the lovely pink affair) are my model, sitting on my desk right next to me. You can see it right there on my thingiverse page: Seriously this shouldn't be such a continuing issue.

Kim Jung Really Ill wrote at 12/18/2014 12:10:54 PM:

Ideal for making your own version of "Honey I Shrunk the Invaders" The Cybermen will hack you....

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