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OpenSCAD Voltron, Defender of the Thingiverse

by MakerBlock, published

OpenSCAD Voltron, Defender of the Thingiverse by MakerBlock Oct 31, 2012

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Description

This is an articulated snap-fit assemblable Voltron action figure, made entirely in OpenSCAD.

The entire model, lion heads, and even Voltron's face are all 100% OpenSCAD. Fully assembled, the model is 160mm tall from feet to the top of its head and 90mm from shoulder to shoulder.

I've used Tony Buser's pin connectors v2 and a new hinge/joint system ( thingiverse.com/thing:33426 ) I designed to create hinges that will rotate through a user specified range of motion. The model can rotate the hands, shoulder, neck, hips, and at the waist. It can also bend at the ankle, knee, and elbow. Also, the wings can also be positioned.

I had a lot of fun designing each of the appendages to match the personality of the Voltron-lions. Besides the lion heads, my favorite feature of this model has got to be the slightly-parametric fake lion legs.

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The reason I had a "squarish" part at the top of the shoulder was so it would be a little more screen accurate. (I think that's what you're referring to since the hands can rotate 365 in the sockets).

You might be right about the shoulder pegs being too short - I wasn't sure since I printed the body in a different type of plastic and couldn't be sure about whether the difference was due to shrinkage rather than fit.

But, it should be pretty easy to adjust the OpenSCAD file to suit.

Probably i lost in the multitude of pegs and messed up few.

Hands are very loosely snap to the body and shoulder peg is too short - it's hard to rise the hand.

Also it would be nice to have top part of the hand rounded so that it would roll freely around the joint.

You could export them individually from the OpenSCAD file or you could use something else to slice them out of the printing plates.

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Instructions

Download and print each plate (black, blue, green, red, white, and yellow) in their respective colors. I've separated out the head so that it can be printed with a raft and support. (I forgot and printed it upright - which turned out surprisingly well). The entire model should snap together - but several parts have a very tight fit. A light sanding (or just a lot of force) may help.

The fully printed model was made using parts from the v8.0 zip file, with an updated red-plate from v8.1 slightly modified to put the wings properly on the XY plane. I'd recommend downloading the ZIP files to make sure you get all the pieces.

Update: I changed the title to "OpenSCAD Voltron, Defender of the Thingiverse" per Cyclone's comment, because it was just too cool not to.

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fukanchik on Jul 10, 2013 said:

Probably i lost in the multitude of pegs and messed up few.

Hands are very loosely snap to the body and shoulder peg is too short - it's hard to rise the hand.

Also it would be nice to have top part of the hand rounded so that it would roll freely around the joint.

MakerBlock on Jul 10, 2013 said:

The reason I had a "squarish" part at the top of the shoulder was so it would be a little more screen accurate. (I think that's what you're referring to since the hands can rotate 365 in the sockets).

You might be right about the shoulder pegs being too short - I wasn't sure since I printed the body in a different type of plastic and couldn't be sure about whether the difference was due to shrinkage rather than fit.

But, it should be pretty easy to adjust the OpenSCAD file to suit.

Hulksmash on Apr 14, 2013 said:

Is there anyway u can seperate all the parts? I want to download individual and make each peice max size.

MakerBlock on Apr 14, 2013 said:

You could export them individually from the OpenSCAD file or you could use something else to slice them out of the printing plates.

Hulksmash on Mar 13, 2013 said:

this is great i am going to print it. Any chance on all pieces being separate? i want to print max size for rep2

MakerBlock on Mar 14, 2013 said:

You want to print every single piece separately?!

rps75 on Dec 7, 2012 said:

Awesome job on the design!  I was able to fit everything together by sanding down the connector pieces a bit, otherwise everything else went off without a hitch. Thanks for making my childhood dreams come true. Always wanted the Voltron Lions 'back in the day'.  :-)

cyclone on Nov 8, 2012 said:

I love the pose in the top pic. If he had a rose in his teeth I'd say we were about to see a Tango!

InfiniTTTy on Nov 1, 2012 said:

Fantastic!

CodeAndReload on Oct 31, 2012 said:

Any chance of a Blazing Sword and other weapons to go with this if there isn't one already?

MakerBlock on Oct 31, 2012 said:

I suppose I could knock out a shield and sword...

cyclone on Oct 31, 2012 said:

MakerBlock is the OpenSCAD master.

MakerBlock on Oct 31, 2012 said:

I did try to make a Voltron once before, but I like this one better.  ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... )

truehybridx on Oct 31, 2012 said:

Yikes, i bet that took some time to do.
Are you thinking of doing anything else like this? (power rangers lol)

MakerBlock on Oct 31, 2012 said:

Yeah, designing did take some time - mostly with "sculpting" the lion parts.  Printing went surprisingly quickly - I was able to print everything, start to finish, in one evening.

While I have no plans for other things like this or power rangers, I had made an entirely different set of arms that would look great as a human action figure.  I think I'd like to see how feasible it is to create smaller-scale human action figures. 

Once a human action figure possible, the mash-ups would get INSANE...

schmarty on Oct 31, 2012 said:

Want to give this 1000 likes

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