Heavy/Scratch: True Scale Classics Metroplex

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  1. destrongerlupus

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    Update 7/8

    Knocked together the model for his head, haven't done much surface detailing yet, but I think it's going to work out once finished.

    I did a scant 5% infill which proved to be too weak to hold my antennae together....and I was busy doing other things instead of babysitting my jury-rigged ABS spool, and my nozzle jammed around the 90% mark, so no head crest or antennae tops :/

    [​IMG]

    Still, though, I think he looks darn decent, even if the print failed. I sized him roughly using FortMax as a benchmark, I thought he was going to be big enough, but I think he's still a shade smaller than what I want.

    Will be very curious to hear feedback on this part of the project, people are particular about their heads :) 

    At least it's not a Supreme Starscream noggin, right?

    D/L

    7/1/12 Small update:

    I did a small scale print of the ratchet joint integrated into the Metroplex shoulder design.

    [​IMG]

    Other than the only spring I could lay on in a hurry being ridiculously under powered, it works just fine and dandy.

    It's about G1 Metro size, and printed out, I can see that I need to re-proportion the chest relative to the shoulders. Best to find out now rather than later :) 

    D/L

    Update 7/1/12:

    Metroplex is starting the jump into the physical world!

    Anemis's thread in GD (http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/creat...n/620925-metroplex-fall-cybetron-version.html) raised the problem of what do for joints on a large scale Metroplex.

    It's a problem I needed to solve for my own project as well, so I spent some time brainstorming and scouring the hardware aisles.

    Couldn't find a darn thing I liked....so I just designed and printed my own prototype.

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    It's simple and old-school, but it works, it takes a LOT of torque to turn the ratchet, and it'll hold in "mid-positions" too (as shown), so no saggy arm issues for my Metro. I have to experiment to see how far down I can scale it, test some more springs, etc., but it's a solid functioning design, and I'm quite pleased.

    Just wanted to give a little bit of scale reference:

    [​IMG]
    Copied from original post in fan art:
    Update 6/28/12

    I spent some time tonight roughing out Metro's shape, once I get the head and the hands and a few other basics worked out I'm going to build jointing and then start test printing the engineering at probably 1/4 scale.

    [​IMG]

    Original Post:
    So, I've got a 3D printer. The resolution vs. Shapeways leaves a bit to be desired.

    But, I've always been a lemonade from lemons kind of guy, so when you've got a 9" build envelope and your output is larger-scale ABS parts, what're you going to tackle?

    I'm obsessed with Citybots/playsets have been from childhood. Hasbro's trying with the Cyberverse scale, but we all know we're never getting BIG ol' Classics dudes.

    So I've started working on my own :) 

    [​IMG]

    D/L
     

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    This should be epic....
     
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    My god this will be truly awesome!
     
  4. destrongerlupus

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    I'm hoping so!

    Fingers-crossed, I'm pretty excited about the results so far though!

    D/L
     

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    I can't wait to see how he turns out!!!!!!!

    You have my address right??? You do? Cool!!!!!! Just go ahead and send him to me when you're done!!!!
     
  7. destrongerlupus

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    Just wanted to give a little bit of scale reference:

    [​IMG]
     

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    This is gonna be a ride, for me too :) 

    One of the glories of 3D printing is that I can run off as many copies as I like (finishing and assembling is still a lot of work, of course).

    But we might be able to barter, you know I love your stuff :) 

    D/L
     
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    Looking cool, man. I love Metroplex, and I've always wanted to try my hand at making a true scaled Metroplex, but never had the room to attempt it. Good luck to you with this!!
     
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    This is going to be amazing. Have to put in a voice chip and record Metroplex saying, " I heed the call" !
     
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    Thanks guys! I want to make him as cool as possible :) 
     
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    awesome work E
     
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    This excites me on a LARGE scale (ba-da-pish!)

    Cant wait to see it =D
     
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    Are you going to print the whole thing? That's awesome. How expensive is the printing material? This project will cost a fortune if it's not cheap.
     
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    Thanks man!

    :lol 

    Everything but the hardware :) 

    The material is actually fairly inexpensive, I estimate that the materials won't cost me more than $50-100 once I have the final parts designed (I'm going to burn a lot of material doing test prints during the design phase, however).

    I've also in line to get one of these guys:

    The Filabot Reclaimer | Filabot Personal Filament Maker for 3D Printers

    Which'll make the whole universe much more affordable as well!

    D/L
     
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    7/1/12 Small update:

    I did a small scale print of the ratchet joint integrated into the Metroplex shoulder design.

    [​IMG]

    Other than the only spring I could lay on in a hurry being ridiculously under powered, it works just fine and dandy.

    It's about G1 Metro size, and printed out, I can see that I need to re-proportion the chest relative to the shoulders. Best to find out now rather than later :) 

    D/L
     

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    You can send this to me when you're done ;) 
     
  18. destrongerlupus

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    Just send me a self addressed stamped parcel :) 

    I estimate $1K in shipping ;) 
     
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    YOU R AWESOME!!!!:bowdown: 
     
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    How did I miss this? Awesome!
     

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