Printing a 3D Tardis-Transformer

Earlier this month, we gave props to a remarkably realistic DIY PIP-Boy (Personal Information Processor-Boy) made with a 3D printer. Today we’re taking a closer look at a Tardis Transformer which was designed using an open source RepRap 3D printer.

“I originally only had Soundwave in mind when I was designing this. So all the small details are based around his robot design. But I was catching heck for making the Tardis into a Decepticon so I repainted him and added a second head option to make him Vector Prime,” a Maker by the name of “Nonnef” explained in an Instructables post.

“I still think Soundwave would make an awesome Tardis, but anyone making this has their option of which to build. The print is still rough and needs cleaned up, but I keep changing the design faster than I keep up with actually printing him out. Going to keep it at a weekly print of what I currently have changed.”

As Hack A Day’s Brian Benchoff notes, be prepared for a very long print if you plan on having a go at the Tardis Transfomer, as the latest iteration of the model took approximately 30 hours with a .35 mm nozzle.

Nevertheless, the level of detail is impressive, as is the fact that 99% of the Tardis Transformer originated from a 3D printer – with only a pen spring and small screw scrounged elsewhere.

Additional information about the Tardis Transformer can be found here on Instructables, while details about Atmel-powered  RepRap 3D printers can be found here.

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