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Voyagers Omni!

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Voyagers Omni! by Imirnman Aug 24, 2014
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THIS HAS NOW BEEN SUCCESSFULLY PRINTED
Everything works except for the Time Dials. My printer does not have the resolution to print the characters on the dials although the dials themselves print out fine. I suggest uploading and ordering the dials from Shapeways.
This is my version of an Omni from Voyagers. Voyagers was a short lived time travel series which aired 1982/83 but left a big impression on many of its fans! To learn more about the show visit the link below.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyagers!
The globe I used in the Omni was created by "Bld", another Thingiverse member, and can be found at the link below.
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:17336
I have always wanted an Omni since I first saw it on the show back in 1983. Finally in 2014 the technology has finally gotten to the point where I could build and print my own.
This version is designed to have electronics added and includes space for both a battery and micro-usb charger port. There is also a clip to hold the LEDs and the button is designed to have a spring and/or a switch installed under it to light the LEDs.
I have not printed this yet and know some of the parts are very small with a lot of detail. I have no idea if the type on the dials is printable or not. I figure If I have to I'll get this printed on shapeways but for those of you with a good printer it is all here for you to enjoy.

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Print all parts at the highest resolution possible and assemble as shown in the assembly image. I've given you the front case cut as well as uncut. This is designed to hold electronics. There is a clip for 2 LEDs a blinking red and a green LED, a USB charger and a Lipoly battery as well as a switch. The electronics it is designed around were purchased from Adafruit.com. Charger: Adafruit Part #1905. Lipoly Battery Adafruit Part #1317
This has not been printed yet and I suspect the dials as well as some of the smaller parts may be difficult to print. If anyone discovers a problem or has suggestions to make this better please post your comments in the comment section.

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Hi,

Very excited about making one of these. I tried to set up an order on shapeways to print the dials, but their checking process gave me a warning about the walls of the dials being too thin for any of the materials. Do you have any advice?

I printed the dials through shapeways using their "Frosted Ultra Detail" print material and they came out great. I painted them with metalic brass paint then very carefully brushed black shoe polish into the numerals and wiped the excess away with Isopropyl alcohol. It is a bit tricky to wipe the polish away and not take off all the paint. I needed to retouch the paint a bit when I was done with the shoe polish. You can thin the shoe polish a little with the alchol as well to help get it into the details.

LOL Zanahade! Of course I remember. It was one of my favorite shows growing up. It took me over 30 years to get my hands on an Omni and I had to build it myself but I finally have one thanks to 21st century technology! How about Ark II...do you remember that one as well? If not you should look it up.

Thank the gods! Some one else remembers!

I have never heard of this show, but I will give it a watch, because of this awesome looking model. I can't not print this, very interesting looking piece.

It was a great show. A bit cheesy by today's standards but well worth checking out. The Omni is one of those things that the 15 year old me wanted to own so desperately and 47 year old me finally made it happen!

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