(Piece de resistance... I always wanted to say that!)
Ladies and Gentlemen: I give you my fully articulated battle robot action figure, with dual missile launcher!
I named it "Jaeger", because I love so much the "Pacific Rim" movie.
I wanted to combine all the concepts of those awesome months. Toys, robots, missile launchers, 123D Design, 3D printing, and, curiously, reuse and recycle. Yes, recycle. Because I recycled a previous design (my Artic C.A.T. Tank), for creating a whole new project!
You will see how I transformed triggers into fingers, wheels into joints, a tank's body into a robot's body. How I applied everything I learned about 123D Design and 3D printing.
If you want to see it working, please click in this link, or you can see the Jaeger shooting its missiles in this video:
Click here to see the design on the 123D site.
Step 1: The Tank
Step 2: Recycle!
Using negative extruding, I cut the useful parts (the wheels with their axis, the launcher). I took the launcher apart, and I start placing the wheels (articulations) in shoulders and crotch.
I cut the tank in half, so I could start using Mirror Pattern.
Step 3: Legs
Step 4: Shoulder
Step 5: Arm
Step 6: Wrist
Step 7: Fingers
Step 8: Hand
Step 9: Correcting Details
Step 10: Chest
Step 11: Shoulder Pads, Hips, Knee Pads and Feet
For the hips, I copied the chest piece and reduced it. Then I modified it for a correct thigh articulation.
For the kneepad and the foot, I used again the trigger piece.
Step 12: Head
(Yes, I know: It looks like the love child of Juggernaut and an enemy Horde Trooper from She-Ra. But I love it that way!)
Time to work with the whole robot. Mirror Pattern for good!
Step 13: Weapons System
At the end, I marked my toy in one of the soles.
Step 14: 3D Printing
First, I printed a prototype on VeroClear, on scale 0.5 from the original size. The material allowed me to see where still remained support material after cleaning and how well worked the articulations. The prototype didn't survive the cleaning process on the water stream. But I learned I needed to strengthen the hips articulations and modify the fingers. Besides, Veroclear is a very breakable material in that scale.
Then, I printed a second Jaeger on VeroWhite, on scale 0.8. It works much better and survived the cleaning! It was the prototype I showed on my Final Luncheon. Problems: It's too heavy, the articulations are very loose (you can make an awesome marionette), and VeroWhite is still very breakable. I armed the launchers on the same way of the Artic C.A.T., using springs and bolts. I made some missiles with an option I discovered on the Objet Studio: layers of VeroWhite with air!
At the end, I found the best 3D printing was with ABS, starting from a 0.6 scale.