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A 3D printable Pip-Boy 3000

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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: http://youtu.be/-DZEGLmWa2A


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)
voidrunner10 days ago

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.

kierens14 days ago

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 kierens14 days ago

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

laburnham15 days ago

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

laburnham27 days ago

This is awesome! Great job!

Wpotratz made it!1 month ago

this was so much fun to 3D print at my school! i think the only problems i had with this was getting the screws to go in, but other than that, i love it!!!!

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

http://www.makexyz.com/3dprinters/Tempe-Az?ll=33d4...

Was quoted at $60, well worth it!

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!

cfairless4 months ago
This is superb, thank you! I'm going to make one in my woodshop class, so glad my crazy teacher bought a 3d printer. I have a question. Will It work as an actual phone case? I have an iPhone 4 and I don't want it to bounce around or fall out when I use it.
adaminc5 months ago
Someone needs to throw this on a metal 3d printer!
nfrooney5 months ago
I received my 3d print today and going to start assembly tomorrow, but I have 2 questions for whoever can help!!!
1) Where can I find the leds that are mentioned in the instructions?
2) Any suggestions on type of paint I should use and colors? I'd like it to look as similar to the game as possible and I'm not sure what would be best.

Thanks!!! :D
adaminc nfrooney5 months ago
You can buy them, they are called round flat top LEDs. Digikey sells them, lots of other companies probably do too.
dragonator (author)  nfrooney5 months ago
1) these leds sadly can't be bought. I ground down the tops of ordinary 5mm leds to make these.
2) I currently use acrylic paints. They dry quite quick, allowing me to paint several layers a day. While the pip-boy was an experiment for me, the laser pistol turned out spot on with these paints. Weathering can be achieved with black paint for dirt and silver paint for scratches.

Hope to have helped and good luck.
popeye12315 months ago
make me one
ynze9 months ago
Wat voor microcontroller heb je gebruikt voor de leds? Je maakt me nieuwsgierig :-)
mrcaderly9 months ago
Extremely cool! Great build and it looks amazing! I too have played all of the Fallout games and this brings a big smile to my face. Thank you for sharing!!
starvin9 months ago
well i would have made the Pimp boy from New Vegas..but then again you did it first sooo.. nice job fella!
Teachable9 months ago
Bravo!
GEEK design9 months ago
OK this is fckin awesome!
scottiblasto9 months ago
Must make more, and sell them I etsy!!
polerix9 months ago
I don't Game but I love the story and props. This is great!
Jakob28039 months ago
Seems like a lot of articles are featured simply because they were 3D-printed.
12much9 months ago
I'm not a gamer and not in to make your design, but I love the work you put into it and the effort you made to really share a nice concept. Thumbs Up!!

PS what brand 3D machine did you use?
Boomshadow9 months ago
You realize that right now there are probably a few thousand cosplayers that totally love you. Well done!
Marinus849 months ago
Woaoaowwww! This is pure love for me. And my favorite game ever. Played through ALL Fallout games, it will probably always be my favorite game type in the world, ever, period.

Also, in the process of building my second 3D-printer. You know what that means ;)
BrittLiv9 months ago
Wow, this is just awesome!
bsmith1039 months ago
Wow. Impressive.
xile69 months ago
And this is why i need a 3d printer.
Ach, now I need to get my hands on a 3D printer. I have a great need to make one of these!
SMOKINACE999 months ago
amazing instructable! and amazing game!
silentskorn9 months ago
Wow, this is 100% pure "awesomeness"
HollyMann9 months ago
Hmm..so what is a pipBoy? I love the style of what you made - it looks awesome. :)
sling HollyMann9 months ago
Pip-Boy is basically a wearable computer/smartphone from the Fallout video game series. Provides data on your character and such through the game. The games are based in a post apocalyptic world where technology is based on 50s technology but still somewhat advance.
HollyMann sling9 months ago
Thanks - I must be old! :) My son is just really into minecraft right now...hadn't heard of it! it sounds awesome
flyingpuppy9 months ago
AMAZING gadget!
Can anyone else see the embedded video in this? Wondering if it's just my computer, but the embed space is blank.
GerinaFigg9 months ago
This is so cool!! Love it!!!
Only one word to say. AWESOME :). Thanks for sharing.
jeracoo9 months ago
Hot damn this is fantastic, the last guy that made one of these was charging $1000USD you give it to us for free, yay :)
oldmicah9 months ago
Thank you, thank you, thank you! My cousin and I have been looking for a pip boy model for years. Very nicely painted too!
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