I always wanted to build a Gir. Maybe one day I will make it with trash. But first, I built it using 123D Design and the Objet Connex 500 3D printer.I wanted to experiment with some character development, trying to design a statue the most similar possible to the real one.
At end, I printed two Girs: a bigger one (made with VeroWhite and TangoBlack) and a smaller one (made with VeroClear and VeroBlue). And I found two interesting tips about materials:
1. See the big one. The "zebra" coloration is not a Photoshop alteration or a problem with the lights. It happened because I choose the automatic mode in Objet Studio, that allows the 3D printer to manage the materials for completing the print. There was a small amount of VeroWhite and enough TangoBlack, so Gir was printed on diferent materials layers.
2. The smaller one: The 3D printer gives you two finish options: Mate and Glossy. I chose Glossy. But there is a problem: a glossy finish only works on simple proyotypes that have only a thin and uniform support material layer. On uneven pieces, where complete parts are covered with support material, the ultraviolet light won't cure uniformly the piece's surface, so at end, you will have a piece with glossy patches and mate patches. Then you will have to polish or use sand paper.
This design is not so complicated. Even, you can try to do it on the 123D Design app for iPad.
Step 1: Legs
Step 2: Body and Neck
Step 3: Paranormal Size Head
Step 4: Pose
Step 5: Shoulders and Eyes
Step 6: Making a Better Head
Step 7: Mouth
Step 8: Arms and Some Details
On the front of the body, I put a box, like some kind of door to the circuits.
Step 9: Colors
Step 10: Hands and Antenna
The antenna, on top of the head, is a high cone with a sphere at the end.
Step 11: 3D Printing
The prototype is awesome, but has some problems:
1. The figure can stand alone, but any movement can make it fall
2. The head is to big and heavy, and any small hit can broke the neck.
So, I had to think in any solution. I didn't want a beheaded Gir.
Step 12: Base
Step 13: Two Pieces Base
Step 14: Printing the Base and the Small Gir
I printed the small Gir, with the base already attached and assembled. The green parts in the design and the base, were printed in VeroBlue. The rest of the body was printed in VeroClear.