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3D Printed Space Blasters Wave 1 for use with Star Wars Black 6″ Figures

15 February, 2015 - 12:00

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I’ve got some new items up in the PRHI Shapeways Shop, the first wave of Space Blasters!  The first batch of blasters are all things that I have received multiple requests for from Star Wars collectors.  Two are a set of blasters designed for use with the Star Wars Black 6″ Boba Fett Prototype version, based on photos and video of the early character design.  The other is a pistol for use by your SWB6″ Imperials.  Each is available in two materials on Shapeways, White Strong Flexible Polished, and Black Strong Flexible.  The WSF Polished versions have the best surface finish, and are better for painting (as seen in the promo pic above).  The BSF option is for folks that don’t want to paint their guns and they come dyed black from Shapeways, but are not offered with a polished finish.  Head on over to the PRHI Shapeways Shop to buy some space blasters at the link below:

http://www.shapeways.com/shops/prhi

Lots more pics of each after the fold:

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Action Shots

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3D Printed TARS 1/12 scale from Interstellar – Magnemo

9 February, 2015 - 05:00

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Interstellar was one of the tent-pole sci-fi movie releases of 2014.  The actual movie seemed to get mixed reviews (I dug it), but there was one thing everyone could agree on: the companion robot design was incredible!  The robots just about stole the movie, delivering the humor of R2-D2 and C-3PO with the intonation of HAL 9000. To boot, they featured a phenomenal mechanical design, able to solve a variety of problems in straightforward, real-world ways.  I went home after the movie convinced that I could make a working toy of the design and got to work.  The alluring thing about the robots TARS and CASE (and KIPP!) is the way their blocky bodies can reconfigure along a couple of axes.  For a big, DX style toy of the bots, I knew I wanted to be able to move parts along two axes seamlessly, which meant using magnets.  The end result is a little complicated and awkward, like the real thing, but it does work!  I made this first version in 1/12 scale to go alongside my 6″ figure collection.

I’ll be offering a smaller, 3 3/4″ scale version for sale in the near future, so check back here or follow me on Twitter and Instagram for news!

 

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Here’s a shot of TARS alongside Star Wars Black 6″ Han Solo for scale.  TARS is painted with Vallejo alcohol-based metallics for a smooth finish, and detailed with Monster Kolor and acrylics.  I did the ‘face’ screen displays with waterslide decals, tinted with clear green paint.  The name and logo were painted on using a 3D printed spray mask.

 

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TARS in motion!  Check after the jump for lots more photos.

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Gonk Droids Available Now on http://prsstore.storenvy.com/

17 January, 2015 - 20:00

Head on over to http://prsstore.storenvy.com/ now to pick up a 6″ scale Gonk Droid!  Each one is 3D printed in ABS plastic, treated with acetone vapor for surface finish and durability, and given a detailed paint and weathering treatment using Monster Kolor and acrylics.  They have ball jointed hips and ankles for a little articulation, and can be yours for $50 plus shipping each!

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PRHI Gonk Droids Wave 1 Archive

17 January, 2015 - 09:41

 

 

Here’s all the photos of the 6″ scale Gonk Droids made for the first release.

 

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Blue (vintage style)

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Orange

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Yellow

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Rust

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PRHI 6″ Gonk Droids Coming Saturday, January 17th!

13 January, 2015 - 21:59

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My 3D printed Gonk Droids have been a popular item since I posted the first one in 1/6 scale and sent one to Tested.com as fan mail.  The 1/6 scale ones take a tremendous amount of time to produce, but I still wanted to come up with a way for folks to add a 3D printed, heavily weathered little Gonk to their collection.  A friend of mine suggested I go with 1/12 scale (6″) instead, as has been popularized recently with the Star Wars Black 6″ collection.  I’m a big fan of the scale myself from collecting Marvel and 3A Portable figures, so it was an easy fit.  I had to make a few tweaks to the legs to make the ball joints more durable in the smaller scale, but for the most part I was able to scale my existing model files down by 50% in the printer software without any problem.  After some acetone treatment, Monster Kolor, and a healthy dose of weathering using acrylics, the first batch of 6″ scale Gonk Droids are ready to go.  To celebrate the first sale of 2015, the Gonk Droids will also be the inaugural release on the new PRS Store site on Storenvy!  Head on over to PRSStore.Storenvy.com at 8PM EST on Saturday, January 17th to pick up a Gonk Droid for $50 plus shipping.

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Here’s a shot with 6″ SWB Han Solo for scale…

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… and here’s an action shot! More pics after the break.

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Custom 3D Printed Jeff in Carbonite

31 December, 2014 - 12:57

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Brownnoize and I were recently approached by a friend of ours looking to surprise her partner, Jeff, with an awesome Star Wars-related gift for Christmas.  She had recently had the opportunity to have his head 3D scanned and had a great idea for how to incorporate that into a gift he would appreciate.  She asked me if there was any way to make a figure of Jeff frozen in carbonite like Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back.  I knew it could be done, and that it would require me to learn a new piece of 3D modeling software that I did not have an experience with, Blender, so I jumped at the opportunity.  Brownnoize helped with the initial concept and logistics, and then I did the final modeling, printing, and finishing.  Learning to use Blender was very different from the Creo that I’m used to, but thanks to some terrific video tutorials I was up and running much quicker than I expected.  From there, it was just a matter of transplanting Jeff’s head onto the model, and engineering the model for detail and affordability using a combination of high-detail SLA printing from Shapeways and good ol’ FFF printing for the larger, less detailed parts.  The result came together better than I had hoped, and after some paint work based on the original film prop, Jeff in Carbonite was ready to go.  I provided the figure and display stand, and my friend produced a custom backer card in the vintage Kenner style of the original Star Wars line.  By all accounts it was a slam dunk on Christmas day, and I am happy to have helped!

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I also had a really good time with the photo shoot for this project, so read on for many more fun pics!

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