Heavy/Scratch: Chibi-Devs: Brainchild of a 16 yr old (Shapeways)

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  1. Treadshot A1

    Treadshot A1 Or just 'A1' for short...

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    (Photobucket Album here)

    (Photobucket Slideshow here)

    EDIT 6: Hotwire suggested i make this pic:
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    Edit 2: oops, I seem to have forgotten one thing: when the parts aren't being use for Chibi-Devs, the extra parts can also be link together to form a base mode! It's basically just a few cannons and ramps you can have the six Chibi-Structicons driving around in.

    Pics have arrived! See below. :) 

    EDIT: I am now on the Shapeways blog! Huge thanks to Duann for featuring my newest print, it's been on their site for less than half a day and they've already featured it! :) :) :) 

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    Hey all! So glad to finally have my exams back, looking forward to what will hopefully be a straight A report by my calculations (stupid policy that prevents teachers telling us our grades...). So, what better way to celebrate, than by spending ~$300?

    This. Is. Chibi. Devs.

    For a while now, ive been working my way up the ladder of designers on TFW, remaining competitive but hopefully friendly. This, i hope, cements my place here, and proves just why i deserve to be here, and why people should buy my stuff!*** This is my first combiner, completely, 100%, totally designed from scratch, not a single part taken from any other sources. All printed (sometimes badly) by Shapeways. And, it is fully functional. A few loose joints because WSF is a bitch, but functional nonetheless.

    Chibi-Devs does split into his six Chibi-Structicons, all of which transform individually from robot to vehicle and back. Chibi-Devs himself is articulated everywhere, with the ubiquitous joints all there, knees, hips, shoulders, neck, elbow. There is an upper arm swivel, but due to Shapeways' printing its too loose so i had no choice but to glue it in place. The shoulders, admittedly, do sag slightly, but im glad to say that the little vertex i placed to counteract that does help as i'd hoped.

    Perhaps what I'm most proud of of this piece is the fact that Chibi-Devs himself, i think i got the proportions almost dead on. He's got a bulky upper body, strong legs and huge lower arms (I based them on Cybertron Primus, so thanks to Ptitvite for that idea). That's what Devs has always symbolised to me, and i'm glad Chibi-Devs resembles his inspiration.

    Of course, it's not all good news. I almost wanted to chuck it out, as Shapeways' printing is getting worse and worse. The pins which i use to hold some joints together, are far, far, far too thin, while the ball joints...some hold tight as all hell, and yet others have no friction whatsoever. I'm glad the hip ball joints, which are the largest, hold like superglue on steroids, but the smaller figures can be loose in some places. Still, if i wanted perfection i'd have gone to China and not Shapeways. :tongue: 

    I hope you guys like it, because it's certainly a dream come true for me, and no doubt if i ever get the chance to become a toy designer, this thing will be the first thing put on my CV. :lol  I know this is said too often now, almost cliche'd, but this is definitely the centerpiece of my collection, and it's gonna take a hell of a lot to knock it off that pedestal.

    In case you didn't know, Chibi-Tantrum and Chibi-Strong use the same base mold as the Chibi-Structicons. They're the prototypes, if you will. I'd had them printed beforehand, as a test to make sure that the main robot works, before taking the risk 6 times over with Chibi-Devs. They already proved to me that some joints are strong (Tantrum) and some weak (Strong).

    Pics of Chibi-Devs!!!


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    ***Eschew pompous proliferation, Treadshot. :D 

    EDIT 3: Base mode!

    Yes, you heard right, when you're not stomping cities down with your very own combiner, you can build your very own fortress armed with four high power cannons and everything you need to run your evil construction crew, to rebuild the city how you want to!

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    Yes, the base mode is basically an afterthought. I sort of designed it in, but it was a half-assed job, i have to admit. Still, it's no crappier than Hasbro's Micromaster 'spaceships'. Take that, DOTM Cyberverse Playsets! :lolol 

    In these pics, i have Chibi-Crusher operating the controls in the center, heavily fortified behind what is in actual fact Chibi-Devs' thighs. Chibi-Scrap is manning the cannons on one side, and he'll blast any intruders coming his way, while Chibi-Haul loads up on materials at the other side (the loading bay is the inside of Chibi-Devs' heel, which was hollowed out not by design, but for cost-savings, it just conveniently works here).

    I'll have the individual bots painted up soon.

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    EDIT 5: Just some housecleaning, removed the strip at the top because this post has too many pics. Those pics are still attached here, and you can also see my photobucket album through the link at the top.
     

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  2. Wazdakka

    Wazdakka Decepticon

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    This. Is. AWESOME. Keep it up! Is it mildly wrong that I now have a massive urge to create something on Shapeways?

    Just wondering, what program do you design your Shapeways things with? Sorry to be the resident n00b.
     
  3. wylungz

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    wow,. thats very interesting, never heard of this shapeway thing
     
  4. frenzyrumble

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    effing amazing. I was impressed even before seeing it broke down to ind. vehicles, then 10 fold when i saw the bot modes. so nice.

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  5. Theand

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    That´s cute.
     
  6. nellie131

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    wow thats pretty awsome 3d designing! i dread to think how much it cost to print this from shapeways!

    cant wait to see it painted!
     
  7. Drift

    Drift Banned

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    Are you planning on casting it? Or getting someone to, cause i thought you said it wa slike 180 bucks?
     
  8. destrongerlupus

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    My friend you have DEFINITELY pushed the limits of what's possible from Shapeways, and for that alone you deserve a round of applause. Above and beyond that, you've created a VERY appealing design here, Devestator looks fabulous! The individual Constructicons (You keep calling them Stunticons :p ) also look GRAND in their little vehicle modes. The robot-modes are, true to the title, VERY chibi, which will limit their appeal to many collectors, but eithin the limits of that style, they are very cute.

    I appreciate also that you (wisely, as a lobor-savings, undoubtedly) created your core bots in a generic way.

    This approach was the core concept of the first incarnation of Mugenbine, and was an idea we kicked around a LOT when I was involved with "Kidbash," but I think you have done a MUCH better job than the above or any other series I've seen try and tackle the idea. The vehicle modes are all very convincingly unique, and the combined form puts the first series Mugenbine combiners to shame.

    If you applied the same principle to larger non-chibi designs, you would have the core of an AMAZING robot toy line.

    And the fact that you're 16. Wow.

    Once you get to be my crotchety old age, you'll be a pro-toy builder without question (if you stay on the path).

    Just brilliant work.

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  9. Captainman

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    How big are the individual robots? Close to Legends class?
    Also, will this become available for purchase at any point?
     
  10. Eulogy

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    This is genius! I hope my cassettes turn out this well!
     
  11. pezley

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    fantastic :) 
     
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    Fan-f***ing-tastic !!!!!!!!!!! I love your invovative mind !!!!!!!
     
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    Excellent work, Gundam Meister!
     
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    Megatron31 I Belong to Nobody! TFW2005 Supporter

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    Turned out great treadshot can't wait to see them painted
     
  15. Bern

    Bern Pathetic fools!

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    What he said :D 
     
  16. hthrun

    hthrun Show accuracy's overrated

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    SO impressive!!!
     
  17. TFormerfan

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    Thats awesome
     
  18. MaxLinden

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    That awesome!
     
  19. thyvipera

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    that's great. looking forward to seeing him painted
     
  20. Slothboy

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    Nicely done! I admire your ambition. :) 
     

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