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    3D printed action figure





    I recently got into 3D printing. This is an attempt to create a 3D model that can be printed with action figure like articulation. It basically works like a snap together model kit. It has about 30 points of articulation. I had to do some sandpapering in order to make everything fit together but that is something one should expect when 3D printing. The seam lines are a little bit big but I believe that has more to do with the resolution of my printer then the 3D file. The model and all the joints were created in Softimage. It was then exported as STL file via Zbrush. The final Boolean operations for the joints as well as some cleaning up of the geometry were done in Netfabb. The figure is about 7 inches tall. It has a couple of swapable hands and the weapons can be stored on the back of the figure.
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    That looks amazing!
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    Really nice job. Soon we won't need Mattel or any toy company to make figures.

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    Thanks! Up close the printed figure is still a long way from the quality of figures you can buy in stores. But it is a cool exercice in what might be possible in the future.
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    Thanks again everyone!
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    I have updated my 3D printed action figure. I thought the design of the first version was a little bit plain. Now the figure wears a more interesting armor and also has a second helmeted head. This also makes him look more futuristic then the previous version. Since the first figure was never able to hold his rifle too well I gave the new version two small guns instead. Those fit pretty well and allow a lot of poses. They also fit into the new backpack.



    Here is the updated construction rendering of the 3D printed action figure. It can now move the head up and down as well as to the sides. The abs can move right and left now in addition to being able to tilt to the side. The feet can also tilt to the sides now allowing for some nicer poses. The new joints bring the total points of articulation to 34. I did not do any sanding on the joints this time. Therefore this figure has much tighter joints. It can even balance on one leg.



    I did not want the parts of the old figure go to waste. So I made a new head for the old body to make a new character. Now Dan Generiko has somebody to fight with. :-) I made one new accessory for this figure: A hand holding the ripped off head of a cyborg drone. This adds a sci-fi element to the character and also shows that he is an evil guy.



    Here are the two 3D printed action figures in action. Once they were brothers in arms but when Spike-Head turned evil and started enslaving helpless dwellers of the wasteland Dan Generiko had to stop him. They still wear partial outfits of the unit they served in together. At least that is my cheap explanation why the use a lot of the same parts. :-)



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    Since many people wanted to see what a painted figure looks like. So I went ahead and painted one. Unfortunately once painted the build lines are much more visible on the figure. I had to put on quite a thick layer of paint to get rid of them. I may print the figure on a better printer one day and give it another paint job. The joints all still work as does the storage of the weapons. Although there is some paint scrapping once you remove the weapons a couple of times.
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    Nice job! That came out terrific!
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    Stellar work! Have you considered sanding and then casting in a more flexible plastic?

    Also, I imagine the cost if the parts from the printer was quite pricey.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks again everyone for the feedback.
    @ snakeeyes0217: I have not considered sanding and casting but I might print it on a printer with a higher resolution at some time. There are printing services with printers that can print almost completely smooth surfaces. And yes material cost for such a figure is still quite high.
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    This is my latest attempt at a female action figure body.This female android was actually my first idea for a super articulated figure. But after some thinking I decided to start with a more muscular male character first since it would be easier to put the joints into a body that would not be so thin. I turned out to be right. The female figure works nice as well but is a lot less sturdy then the male figure. I actually had to glue some parts together to ensure stability while the male buck simply snaps together without any gluing. I also gave her less articulation in the hands since the joints would have turned out too small and fragile. However I gave her enhanced neck articulation and an additional joint in the ABS. She can now tilt her head to the side and can tilt the torso to the side even more. I since then made those additional joints for the male buck as well.
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    This is the painted version of the 3D printed female android figure. As with the previous action hero, the rough surface does not allow a super smooth paintjob. Still she looks kinda cool. I actually prefer the creepy human head with the painted version since it adds a little bit of bright colors to the figure.
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    Here is my latest 3D print. With my previous figures I wanted to see how far I could go with articulation. With this one I wanted to try out adding some functionality to a figure. So I made a figure that works both as a two-legged and a four-legged character. It can also open two panels on the back to reveal additional missile launchers and thrusters.
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    Very very cool, the future of action figures right here.
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    Can you make Horde Troopers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goluphi View Post
    Very very cool, the future of action figures right here.
    Thanks!

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    Can you make Horde Troopers?
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    Wow, this is pretty freakin' incredible. Who would have thought there would be a day where this was possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JVS3 View Post
    Wow, this is pretty freakin' incredible. Who would have thought there would be a day where this was possible?
    Thanks! Yes the technology is pretty awesome. It offers so many new ways of being creative. I never gave articulation much thought before but with 3D printing it is so much fun to make functional figures.
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    Amazing!
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    Yeah 3D printing is pretty neat, hauke enlarged one of my 2" minis into a bigger scale this past weekend so we can test some things out



    While not an action figure its pretty cool to see it big sized
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    Thanks JafariStew!

    Markatisu, your figure looks great in that size. The fact the figure could be easily scaled up like this really shows how much awesome detail your figures have at 2" inch scale.
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    This is SERIOUSLY awesome and exciting!!!
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    Awesome!! How much is this costing you and what are the logistics for mass production?
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