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Dalek Transformer

by Ellindsey, published

Dalek Transformer by Ellindsey Oct 12, 2013

Description

The latest in my Doctor Who/Transformers crossover toys!

The main artistic reference for the Dalek mode was the 2005 season episode 'Dalek', and the amazing WETA sculpture of the Dalek with the shell opened up to show off the interior. The transformation geometry is original. I took a little inspiration from the transformer 'Octus', who apparently turns into a Dalek in his alt-mode though that was never shown in the one comic he appeared in. Octus mostly inspired this design to have multiple arms. I also took inspiration from the half-human hybrid Dalek Sec from the episode 'Daleks in Manhatten', in having the Kaled Mutant form the head of the model when in robot mode.

The basic design was done in AutoCAD 2006. I did redraw the mutant in ZBrush to give it a more blended, organic look.

This is a much more challenging toy to print and assemble than either of the Tardis transformers I posted. There are about 100 parts to be printed, several of which have to be glued together. There are two parts that have to be printed with full support added by your slicer software, and five parts which have small pieces of support already added to the STL files that you will have to cut away after printing.

No painting is required, provided you stick to the filament color recommendations.

The original shown here was printed in PLA on my scratch-built Delta style printer. It takes a total of about 10oz of plastic, mostly gold and black with some silver, grey, and purple. Total print time on my machine is about 32 hours. The toy stands about 6 inches tall in Dalek mode, about 13 inches tall in robot mode. All of the parts are individually small so you should be able to print this on any size printer.

Update on 10/13: Changed upperbody_inside left and right to add a small stop to help prevent the dome from rotating forwards when in Dalek mode with the front of the body open.

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I wondered what was inside of a Dalek!

hit the download all button and just unzip it

Kaled Mutant in fact
look here
http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/K...

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Instructions

This is a MUCH more challenging piece to build than my Tardis Transformer. There are about 100 parts that need to be printed. 2 of them require full support to be turned on when you slice them. 5 more have small pieces of support I've added in that you will need to cut away after printing. Many of the parts need to be glued together during assembly, and there is one joint which needs a small piece of 1.75mm filament inserted as a hinge. There is a good chance you will break parts of this while assembling it unless you follow the instructions very carefully.

I have included an assembly document with many photos showing how to build this. It's still a challenging build even with that.

It's also fairly tricky to transform, with many small fiddly bits that are hard to get into exactly the right places. I am working on putting together a transformation guide.

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dataman on Apr 16, 2014 said:

I wondered what was inside of a Dalek!

noahcarlton on Jan 8, 2014 said:

can you put the pieces in plates, I dont want to download all the pieces

zer0thecrab on Mar 25, 2014 said:

hit the download all button and just unzip it

noahcarlton on Jan 8, 2014 said:

I still love it

Ablankenship on Nov 18, 2013 said:

This is unbelievably cool. I don't have a printer yet but I'm going to have to try making this when i learn how to use what I've got coming.

Anonymous on Nov 12, 2013 said:

Un-freaking-believable.

GreyMatter on Oct 18, 2013 said:

This thing bleeds awesome!

guydebored on Oct 14, 2013 said:

*tips hat*
magnificent work! :)

Ellindsey on Oct 14, 2013 said:

Thanks! I used your Dalek model as a base, although I redrew every part of it from basic geometric primitives in the process of making my design.

EricYoung on Oct 13, 2013 said:

So goooooood!

I'm sitting here shaking my head at the thought of how much time it must take to dial in these transformer designs. Thanks for the hard work :)

Ellindsey on Oct 13, 2013 said:

Yep. About a month of weekends and evenings, including one entire week I had off work (involuntarily due to furloughs) during which I did almost nothing other than design this thing. And I think I threw out enough failed parts to make at least two more of these before getting the design just right.

MacGyver on Oct 12, 2013 said:

"Dalek Mutant" is actually called a Kaled I believe.

noahcarlton on Jan 8, 2014 said:

Kaled Mutant in fact
look here
http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/K...

Ellindsey on Oct 13, 2013 said:

Yeah, I know. Didn't bother to label it that for this as I was most of the way through the design before I realized that, and didn't bother to go back and change the names of the files.

cyclone on Oct 12, 2013 said:

Saw the writeup on this the other day. You have done an amazing job. Thank you so much for releasing this into the wild.

Ellindsey on Oct 13, 2013 said:

Thanks! It's a challenging piece to print and assemble, so I'm actually a bit worried about how well and if anyone's even going to be able to make their own. I tied to spell out all the difficult bits in the assembly diagram, but it's still going to be a challenging model to assemble.

Andychn on Oct 12, 2013 said:

OBOYOBOY!! WATACOOLTHING!

Ellindsey on Oct 13, 2013 said:

Thanks!

MacGyver on Oct 12, 2013 said:

Holy Mackerel! This is freaking awesome! Warming up my printer right now!

Ellindsey on Oct 13, 2013 said:

The longest dimension I can find on any one piece is about 100mm, so you should be able to print everything on a machine with a 120mm bed. There are just a lot of pieces to print, and a few of them need support.

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