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We’re finally getting to the end of the Future Factory figures! Click through for a mixed gallery of different PRHI Mini figures that came out to Future Factory at Monster Kolor. There’s still a couple of these guys for sale on the Monster Kolor web shop.
One last Strike Tortoise built on the old DX Tortoise body also showed up at the Monster Kolor shop for Future Factory. I still need to convert the Strike parts for use on the Mini size. The Strike Tortoise has always been well received, so that’ll happen sooner than later.
Future Factory may be over, but you can still pick up a couple of Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries 3D printed mecha action figures from the Monster Kolor web shop. After that, PRHI will be in full force at Super Robots Giant Monsters in Lowell, MA on March 29!
The 6″ scale Bounce Tortoise came out of hiding for a deployment to the Monster Kolor shop for Future Factory. This guy and his counterpart were not available for sale, but are currently on display at the shop for folks to check out in person. The DX Bounce Tortoise is being heavily revised to improve articulation and ease of assembly, and to match the details of the current Mini design. More on that later, for now let the pics of this camo’d and dusty power armor soak in.
Here’s a trio of micro scale PRHI figures that were released at Future Factory. These guys are in some tried and true vintage Real Type colors, complete with red trim and details. I think there’s going to be more of this scheme on the larger figures in the near future! One of these guys is still available on the Monster Kolor Future Factory Store.
These red and white micro Bounce Tortoises debuted at Future Factory at Monster Kolor. They are a little bit cleaner with a satin finish to break up the matte, weathered look of most of the figures I brought. As of writing this there’s one left on the Monster Kolor web shop.
The remaining Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries 3D printed mecha action figures are available now on the Monster Kolor web store. Click the image above or this link to go snap them up before they’re gone! Figures range from two to six inches in height, are made from durable ABS plastic, and are painted with a combination of Monster Kolor, acrylics, oils, washes, and weathering pigments.
On January 25th fans of awesome homemade toys descended on the Monster Kolor shop in Middleboro, MA for the first ever Future Factory! Future Factory was a class on making toys using 3D printing hosted by Prometheus rising Studios (me), Brownnoize Productions, and Mechazone. The three of us brought our 3D printers and acetone setup to make toys live at the studio. Participants were able to chose from a stable of designs between the three of us and have the toy printed while they waited. Read on for details about what turned out to be a fantastic afternoon of toy fun!
Participants got to pick their designs, printed in different colors by each artist, and have the toy made while they wait. Once we got the printers running, we walked everyone through our backgrounds and toy making processes. We discussed the software used to model, the process of designing models for 3D printing, our experiences with owning and operating 3D printers, and our inspirations for the toys we have designed. Here you can see Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries Units 1 and 2 warming up and preparing to print.
I brought my two UP Mini printers, and David and Sanjeev both brought their Afinia-H series printers. The two models are something of cousins, produced by the same manufacturers in China and sharing many components, but distributed by two different companies stateside. Everything went off without a hitch and the printers happily cranked out eight finished toys in the span of a few short hours.
While the printers were chugging away the three of us gave our talks about the process and why we do what we do. I may have been the first of our little Boston-area creative collective to start using a home-level 3D printer to make finished toys, but I have no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and support of these two plastic masters. Pictured from left to right: Mechazone (David), me, and Brownnoize (Sanjeev).
Once the printers had completed their runs, we had to clean up the parts before assembly and acetone vapor bath (AVB) treatment. Sanjeev, David, and I have met up plenty of times to talk shop, but it’s still always interesting to me to see the different ways we each do things given similar tools and materials. For one thing, look at those heavy duty cutting gloves on Sanjeev! I find gloves too cumbersome and unwieldy, opting instead to take the battle damage to my hands as it comes. When you love doing something, you’ve got to be willing to bleed for it!
Once we had finished cleaning up and assembling the figures, they were ready for the acetone bath! Click the photo to go watch a short clip on Monster Kolor’s Flickr Stream, where I grabbed most of these photos from.
By now Instagram is chock-full of great shots of the toys people had printed at the class. Be sure to check out the hashtag #FutureFactory for more 3D printed mecha action like the shots above, shamelessly taken from some of my buds’ feeds. Shown above are Brownnoize’s Shogun Voyagers in black, lime green, and red, PRHI Bounce Tortoise and Stalking Toad in gray, and Mechazone’s Hammerhead up front in green and black. The three of us have been working together on this class for months and bounce design advice off each other constantly, but I love how diverse and distinctive our toys’ styles are.
In addition to toys printed live, each of us brought a whole mess of finished toys for sale. Above is the Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries spread, with a six inch Iron Man figure that snuck in there for scale. Featured are DX Bounce Tortoises and Strike Tortoises, Mini Bounce Tortoises, Stalking Toads, and Gun Drones, Micro BTs, STs, and GDs, and some Allarounds for good measure. Oh, and those two big meaty Blockmen in the middle, not for sale but present to show off the current state of that project. I didn’t get good shots of Sanjeev and David’s spreads, but you can catch glimpses of them in all the photos above. The two of them brought some incredible heat, showing off how much could be done with different color plastics, rather than my fully painted approach. Leftovers from the show will be available soon on the Monster Kolor web shop, and I will be sure to post pics when they go live.
I think that about does it. The class was a huge success and we were so happy with the turnout and enthusiasm people brought. Our goal was to de-mystify some of what we’ve been doing to encourage more people to look at 3D printing for their toy making ideas, and to make sure everybody left with at least one slick new robot toy. The first Future Factory was an incredible time, and there will certainly be more in the future. I want to thanks Sanjeev and David for their hard work bringing this show together, and to Matt Walker for providing us such an incredible space to show off what we do. For now, enjoy some more pics from the class below, and keep your eye on PRS for full galleries of all the toys I brought and a link to the remaining for sale items when they go live!
Most people today only remember the venerable 3 3/4″ Star Wars action figure and vehicle line from Kenner, but one of their cooler non-figure toys was the diecast Star Destroyer. The seven inch long hunk of Imperial might featured an opening hangar for storing an itty bitty <1″ long Tantine IV Rebel Blockade Runner miniature. The little Correlian Corvette is often missing, robbing the awesome Star Destroyer of a great play feature. Thanks to 3D printing, and a vintage sample for reference provided by a fellow collector, Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries is pleased to announce a reproduction ship available through Shapeways, as detailed above. Before we get into the details, I want to make it clear upfront that the reproduction parts feature a distinguishing mark so as not to be confused with the original items. I know repro parts can be a tough subject with vintage collectors, and it was important to me not to make collecting more difficult for my fellow vintage-minded peers. Rather, the PRHI Mini Blockade Runner is meant to provide an affordable alternative to the original part, as well as a few novelty items.
Head on over to the Prometheus Rising Heavy Industries Shapeways Store to purchase your reproduction Blockade Runners today!
The Kenner diecast Star Destroyer is a beautiful piece of vintage hardware. Most of the toy is cold, hard vintage gokin.
Underneath, a hatch slides back to reveal the hangar with the Blockade Runner securely clipped in place. The original part is made from an off-white waxy plastic similar to the material used for the action figures.
After taking myriad measurements of the original, I modeled the part on my computer and printed a rough test in ABS plastic on my UP Mini 3D printer. The detail is rough, but the ABS test part fit perfectly in the Star Destroyer’s hangar.
Once I was happy with the file, I uploaded it to Shapeways and ordered test prints in their White Strong Flexible polyamide material, and their WSF Polished material. I knew the Polished material would have a nicer finish, but I wanted to make sure it would still fit.
Fortunately, both the WSF and WSF Polished versions fit in the Star Destroyer like a glove!
This is an extreme closeup shot of the tiny ship. The detail is not quite as sharp as the injection molded original, but at viewing distance it looks the part. The ship is also available in Shapeways Frosted Ultra Detail for the detail-minded collector. Visible here is the PRS logo on the fin, making it clear from a distance that this is a reproduction part.
There is something really elegant and utilitarian about the blocky geometric sculpt of the mini Tantine IV. It has only a few shapes but is immediately recognizable as that iconic ship. I whipped up a 2x scaled version and removed the mounting fin so I could have a nice sized mini of this beautiful sculpt. The 2x version is available in plastic and metal. I recommend Stainless Steel or Brass for a nice hefty little pocket ship.
When I was discussing our plan with the collector that originally came up with the idea to offer this repro ship, he mentioned wanting a version with a hole cut in the fin. A version of the normal sized ship is available on my Shapeways store with a 2 mm hole cut out of the fin. You can buy a pair and add a wire to make a snazzy pair of sci-fi earrings, or add a string to make a cellphone charm. The sky’s the limit, and the mini version with hole is available in plastics and metals.