3D Printed Star Wars Helmets

Joined
Apr 18, 2005
Messages
233
Reaction score
2
I was just wondering if anyone on here had any experience with 3D printed helmets (that you might have purchased or possibly printed yourselves?)

I've seen a few online and some of them look pretty good but I wondered what the feeling was about the quality. How sturdy are they, do they last, how well do they take paint applications etc.? There are two that I have been looking at recently that have been printed in PLA plastic)

Any thoughts or advice much appreciated!
 
Joined
Mar 24, 2006
Messages
256
Reaction score
1
Location
Denmark
PLA has print lines in the casts, so those would have to be filled and sanded down, before you can think of painting it. Depending on how thick they made the casts they can be anywhere between flimsy and not worth your money to strong and sturdy and won't crack if dropped.

For painting I believe PLA takes paint just fine, but in order to get a nice finish, you need to prep the surface by filling layer lines, sanding and priming. The layer lines, if not fixed, will show up in the finished piece and it will look poorly done.

Though, for printed things I would actually recommend you buy a 3D printer instead of buying prints from other people. That way you will be certain of the quality and can print tests and make corrections before doing the final fine layer version.
 
Joined
Jun 2, 2007
Messages
1,727
Reaction score
3
Location
MN
Though, for printed things I would actually recommend you buy a 3D printer instead of buying prints from other people. That way you will be certain of the quality and can print tests and make corrections before doing the final fine layer version.
Agreed, my son and I got bit by the 3D printing bug. It’s opened up a hole new world of fun. We are putting our second printer together now.
 
Joined
Dec 26, 2005
Messages
3,418
Reaction score
9
Location
Western Maryland


Been working on on this one. I had two printers running so that’s how I needed up with the two colors. Got to admit, I like the look. I’m filling and sanding the seams now. Wood filler works great.
 
Joined
Dec 13, 2015
Messages
710
Reaction score
74
Location
Unknown Regions
Anyone have any experience with an outfit called Designedby3D from the Ukraine? They maintain their own website plus an Ebay store. On Ebay, they just sell built and painted 3D printed blasters, thermal detonators, etc. but on their website they offer much, much more; including custom jobs. I inquired about having a Brock Starsher/Skiff Guard helmet made; and was told they could create, build, paint and ship it for around $350. I'm strongly considering it; once I have the funds. Is that an okay price for a finished 3D helmet that you don't see frequently?
 
Joined
May 12, 2020
Messages
6
Reaction score
0
Location
Virginia
First post here 🙂.

If you do go the route of purchasing a 3D printer, the best bang for your buck in my years of 3D printing is from Creality. The Ender 3 or 3 Pro is cheap and easy to adjust settings. Once it’s dialed in you can’t go wrong.

As far as the quality goes for 3D printing you will get print lines as stated above. You can also minimize how much sanding you do by adjusting the layer lines. Only problem with that is the time frame to which it prints but the overall quality in looks will be worth it or worth the price to pay up a little if someone prints it for you.

Here’s a good example of a 3D print I am currently working on of a Judge Dredd helmet I’ve printed, sanded and prepped for paint. I printed at a very low layer height to minimize my sanding so post work was easie
19E94771-D353-430E-9CC9-78F769E10F05.jpegB793CA0B-B3EF-4298-8514-A106EAE209FD.jpegE0DC3C72-4004-463F-8032-FC5C3C5CFE42.jpeg2709E9FF-F1CB-48BB-B2B1-FEB677FB6339.jpeg9B3C25E1-1E21-4D89-AD19-B495B129FF36.jpeg0980EE22-F06B-474B-826B-75750C948734.jpeg

Any questions you have let me know and I’d be more than happy to help out.
 
Top