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Platform for Yoda

by grokbeer, published

Platform for Yoda by grokbeer Sep 20, 2011
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I recently printed the awesome Stormtrooper (thingiverse.com/thing:588) and Darth Vader (thingiverse.com/thing:7215) heads and wanted to give Yoda a platform to match.

I imported Yoda along with Darth Vader into OpenSCAD and was quickly able to scale Yoda down and add a platform to suit. Unfortunately I couldn't get OpenSCAD to render Yoda so I was a bit stuck. After trying cloud.netfabb.com and then playing with Meshlab for ages I still couldn't get the model to render and I have no idea how to use Blender. :(

I was about to give up when I realised I could just print the platform I'd designed and then print Yoda separately on top. It worked a treat! :)

Instructions

  1. Download platform_for_yoda.stl.
  2. Download Yoda-Lite.stl or Yoda-SuperLite.stl (I used SuperLite) from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:10752.
  3. Print the platform but when it finishes don't remove it from your printer and keep your heated build platform hot (if you use one).
  4. Scale Yoda down by 0.75 and recenter the model. Turn off Outline in Skeinforge or you'll have to cut it away afterwards like I had to.
  5. Align your print head so it is about 4mm or so above your build platform. I aimed for 4mm as that's the height of the printed platform and adjusted it by eye.
  6. Print Yoda.
  7. Don't profit or a certain copyright owner might come after you. ;)

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Looks like a bit of lift-up along the front edge in the first photo ;)

Yeah that was printed on my old CupCake so the heat on the HBP wasn't so good at the edges. A little bit of blue tape along the front edge would have held the PLA down nicely.

I stuck a very optimized yoda on a platform and made an STL so you dont have to print them separately, but it's not really a "design" since it was about 3,5 minutes of work in 3d studio max.. So i won't upload it as such.

You can place it here instead of the 2 pieces + instructions if you want :)

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