Introduction: A 3D Printable Pip-Boy 3000

Picture of A 3D Printable Pip-Boy 3000
Ever wanted a Pip-boy 3000 from the Fallout series? Now is your chance. In this instructable I have all files to print your own. It is hollow and can hold anything. You can put a paper screen in to make it look like a working Pip-Boy, or put a smart phone in to make it functional. It is designed to be as close to an actual Pip-Boy as 3D printing can print.

Find a model overview video here:

What is included in this instructable
The files for this can be downloaded in the attachments or on my thingiverse page.

I have two zip fodders. One holds all the STL files to make this Pip-Boy. Simply print one of each. Another Zip file holds the Step file. I have included this so you can modify it to your own personal needs.

Also there is a pdf file. The pdf holds the dial of the Geiger counter. The design is not mine, I simply scaled it down from this image.

What will you need
To make this you will need:
  • All the printed parts;
  • Several nice looking screws for show and for the hinge;
  • 5x M4 screws to assemble it;
  • 2x M3 screws to mount several small parts;
  • Glue;
  • Small magnets;
  • Velcro strips;
  • (Optional) filler to smooth your Pip-Boy;
  • (Optional) Paint to paint your Pip-Boy;
  • (Optional) 3x 5mm (yellow) Leds for the 3 buttons.

Build it
To make one, simply print out all the parts on any printer (the model is practically supportless, only minor support is needed) and assemble. Some parts need to be glued together (I have included pictures of complete glued assemblies of parts). The screen assembly is held to the body of the Pip-Boy by 5 M4 screws that tap into the plastic. Also 2 M3 screws are needed to rotate the knob and to hold the part with the buttons in place. Two simple wood screws are used in the back for hinges.

The Velcro is mounted in the double slot at each side of the front half. the Velcro is strapped around the arm to hold the Pip-Boy in place Several small magnets hold the two halves together.

Paint it
you can leave this unpainted but that is quite boring and bland. So just paint it. I tried to make the same color as the original, I failed, the gave up, then painted it bronze. I weathered it using black paint and a rag. I think it looks nice in this color, if you disagree, you'll just have to prove me wrong by doing a better job yourself.

Also, I never used any filler on this model. I printed it in the highest quality setting of my printer. I actually never intended to paint it. At some point I just decided to paint it anyway. For a better result, I suggest using filler to smooth the model before painting.

After painting you can print out the dial and glue it to the Pip-Boy.

(PS. be sure to use plastic primer, without, paint might just flake off.)

Share it
When you do build one, I would love to see it. you can share it at my thingiverse page (or any other place of your liking)

What I did extra
I also added a small circuit based on a pic628 that has 3 buttons and 3 leds. The leds sit on top of switches. When you push an led, the button beneath is presses. This circuit simply turns on the led that was last pushed. I won't upload this circuit because I use hardware and programming tools for this that are hard to come by in any country other than the Netherlands. It works fairly simple so anyone with even a little bit of programming skills should be able to build something like this.

(Original design of the Pip-Boy 3000 belongs to Bethesda Softworks, This model was made by and belongs to me)


SebastianP23 (author)2015-10-05

If i use my phone for the HUD of the Pip-Boy, then will the magnets affect my phone at all?

It takes a very powerful magnet to have any sort of effect.

mchau2 (author)2016-03-16

oh... video not available

Beokapi (author)2016-02-08

Will this fit on a 5s

ahagen1 (author)2016-01-10

Where did you get the magnets? I'm having difficulty finding ones that fit.

LeonorJ (author)2015-11-22

No puedo abrir las imágenes. Solo el contador. Qué hago?

RyanW14 (author)2015-11-16

it seems the files for this on thingiverse are missing

dragonator (author)RyanW142015-11-20

I lost all of my goodwill towards thingiverse (or more precisely Makerbot and Stratasys) a long time ago. The files are here:

Echo0 (author)2015-11-16

Hi, I have an Iphone 5s and I was wondering If it will fit in this pip-boy model.

3dhubs (author)2015-11-10

Hi everyone, for those interested, we're currently offering a 20% discount on all orders of this particular model until November 13th! More details here: Catch you in the wasteland!

jtrc (author)2015-10-23

I would like to get the parts print, but so far, i tried 4 3d printing services and they charge.. 700 $ !!
any links to where i could print these for a resonable price ?

also, what is the size of the phone that fit on the base model ?

ReveryJ (author)jtrc2015-11-08

Check for a 3d hubs in your area.

WesleyB11 (author)jtrc2015-11-03

Im printing one right at this moment make me an offer and i might be able to print you one

_Gr1m_ (author)jtrc2015-10-28

Etsy is your friend dude. You can get a whole kit for like 90 bucks. If you find a local printer on makexyz, they might do it for cheaper.

StrokeDanceAutobot (author)2015-09-08

Hey so how much plastic did that take to make?

gfuller2 (author)2015-08-12

I'm going to make and modify your project all I needed was the printable stuff

M101MJC (author)2015-07-15

This looks amazing, when I finally get my printer finished and working fully I need to print one of these, probably gonna end up adapting it to add a pi though...

Thanks for sharing the files - that would have took me forever to model.

Kn0man (author)2015-07-05

Hi Dragonator!

I bought the kit off of etsy, really impressed with the detail,once I took the dremel and cleaned up the excess flashing to open some of the slots. Could you share the brand name/type of glue and paints you used? I went with a solid hinge pin rather than 2 screws hoping to make it more durable. A Raspberry Pi seems to fit well but I would have liked to alter the dimensions a little bit. The elbow side of the cuff is far too small for my forearm and the suitable displays are either too big or too small to fit the 4.5 inch diagonal opening. Tweaking the screen dimensions to a 5 inch diagonal opening would give you access to a nice Pi compatible touchscreen! [and making the cuff a little larger would be easier on my fat forearms! ;-) ]

Thanks, Kn0man

ps sorry about earlier glitched post

Kn0man (author)2015-07-05

gavinh6 (author)2015-06-29

Awsome job I rember seeing some pipboy software for the rasberry pi I

Might have to combine the two of them

JakeF1 (author)2015-06-27

I want to try sending it to, and when I select upload it asks for millimeters, inches, or meters. Which do I want, or another site entirely?

lilliumbulbiferum (author)2014-01-30

Fantastic, just commissioned a 3D print of this from someone on this site:

Was quoted at $60, well worth it!

Who did you use? I was quoted $90 by another maker on XYZ. What fill rate and material did your vendor use?

Thank you so much for your comment! i've been looking for a way to get this printed for me and i'm getting my own commissioned too!

Thank you so much for your comment! i've been looking for a way to get this printed for me and i'm getting my own commissioned too!

cboone2 (author)2015-04-09

how much does this model weigh. I want to print it at my university and they charge 10cents/gram

dcrawford12 (author)2015-03-13

Excellent model, when I get my 3-D printer I'm going to print this out straight away. Though I have modified some parts of it in 3DS Max and I'm ging to try and put a working speaker in it and some green LEDs so a light comes on too. All in all, can't wait.

JonathanR15 (author)2015-02-20

How do I edit the STEP file so I can resize the cavity to fit a galaxy S2 (12mmX63mmX11mm)

zwilson5 made it! (author)2014-04-30

I made a small modification to my model. Instead of using the electronics, I made it so that the knob turned individual leds on. I also put a small speaker in the side and connected it to my Droid Razr "pipboy screen".
Once again, Great design dragonator.

syncerely (author)zwilson52015-01-26

Which Razr model is this? Any videos or other images?

zwilson5 (author)syncerely2015-01-26

It is the original Motorola Droid Razr, and I do have a video here.

richyrichuk (author)2014-07-05

i am just about to get M4 and M3 screws, what length are these, anybody know? or if you can use interscrews

syncerely (author)richyrichuk2015-01-26

What length did you end up getting? I'm at that point in my project.

mark.davis.58760 made it! (author)2014-12-22

This is the one that I painted (even managed to fit my phone in it with a pip-boy app i found on the internet)

Which phone and app did you use?

syncerely (author)2015-01-26

I noticed the pic says holding a samsung galaxy, but which model? Anyone care to list which phones they have fit into this successfully? I have printed the model and I am contemplating messing with an arduino board or putting a phone in.

peter.kaloupis (author)2014-10-03

do you know where i can print this if i don't own a 3d printer?

FybrOptx (author)peter.kaloupis2015-01-19

Check your local UPS Store to see if they offer the service.

Depending on your home country, you can search for a local DIY club...often if gli subscribe for it they will have a 3d printer u can use

zephigirl (author)2014-10-30

What phone should be put in it? I have a samsung galaxy s3 and s2, do you think I could use one of them?

papayabadger (author)2014-10-10

When I print this, do I have to scale any of these pieces up or down?

PRhyme001 (author)2014-07-12

This is the greatest thing ever. Just downloaded files and sent them to printer, will post when I get it finished!

correcthorse45 (author)2014-06-12

Does anyone know the size specifications of the open area? I wonder if i could fit my Nokia Lumina in it...

i am printing as we speak, can get you these soon if still needed

DoctorWoo (author)correcthorse452014-06-21

Looks like a 4.3. The post below this one has zwilson5 showing that a droid razer fits in there pretty well, and they [Droid Razer's) have a 4.3in display.

voidrunner (author)2014-04-07

How many cubic inches of powder would you use to print this? Trying to figure out the price of using my school's 3D printer, new to all this.

kierens (author)2014-04-03

I dont own a 3d printer T-T I WANT ONEEE (ik its coming a lot but can you please make me one?i will pay.)

kierens (author)kierens2014-04-03

(ps I dont need the electronic components. and if yes how much?))

laburnham (author)2014-04-02

Hey there, I'm getting ready to print my own and was wondering what is good filler to use? Cheers and again, great job!

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