Thanks for making these files!
ZF-1 with an Urban Artic Camo scheme
Wow, this is so amazing.
Did you print it in Full size?
My bed is only 20 x 20 cm, 90% will work for me.
Yep printed it full size i used Meshmixer to cut the bigger parts into smaller more printable parts because i also have a 20x20 cm print bed
now i've started printing but only in 90%. i Think it's tall enough.
This will take some time.
How tall is it in original size?
Do you have more photos from inside, that i can see how to glue the parts together.
The most of the parts i must glue together?
Most parts are held by screws some with magnets i don't think i have used glue anywhere for 90% of all parts i have used T-nuts they are GREAT and helped me a lot getting all the parts to fit. You can use a blowtorch to heat up the T-nuts and then meld them in place. See picture vvc_9.jpg you can see one big T-nut and many small T-nuts on the side for the parts to mound on.
I don't have any measurements a.t.m. you can check this video showing one of my other movie props but in the background you can see the ZF-1 maybe it can give you some 'feeling' for the size
Hey man, did you have problems printing some parts? My slicer (simplify) is getting some parts hallow where shouldnt be....All the outers shells printed perfectly, bit the file "Carlz_Remix_Part_2" for example some part just disappear when slicing it....
I've started printing the ZF-1 and there's a lot of parts witch must be fixed.
I've found a cool Website who you can repair the unprintable parts.
Just upload the unprintable part and download the fixed part.
I saved so many time not to fix the parts with sketchup.
That's a nice way to fix the parts, thanks for sharing. Good luck with the printing, do you already have plans for the paint job? Keep it original or give it your own style?
i like the original a lot..so, i think ill go original.....it´s like 1/4 printed....it´s a very, very, veeeery long print...so, between one thing and another i print a little piece here and there....but it will get ready! :D
You can try to make a list of the parts you can build while printing the others. This way you can build and don't really need to wait that long some times :) When you put a part in the slicer program i always give the part a number between 1 to 10, parts starting with a 10 i need asap parts with a 1 i don't need them soon.
Oh yeah the hollow parts nightmare...
The Horror... The Horror...
First of all I'm not an expert on repairing files! This is just the way i did it and for me it helped getting good prints.
Download Autodesk Meshmixer its a free program so that's nice!
When in Meshmixer
Select from the top menu 'file / open'
and open part "Carlz_Remix_Part_2" for example
Select on the left panel icons 'edit / seperate shells'
now you see that this file contains 2 parts...
And that's the problem many of these files have separate parts in one file...
What i did select from the top panel 'file - export' and export both! files and print them both!
For example parts
Contain over 11 parts each... I only printed the 'base' (shell1)... For the 'Missiles' i use those thick drinking straws you get at the burgerking, kfc, mac donalds etc. they have a good thickness. Now i'm drifting away from the question...
P.s. also take a look at the option 'Plane Cut' in Meshmixer it can give the parts a nice flat surface for easy printing, just view a youtube tutorial if you want to.
Thanks, i know well the meshmixer, just wanted to be sure the files were really bad.
printing slowly but will get there...someday :D
Dude, amazing work! :D
Started printing mine (fingers crossed).
Awesome! It will take a while to print, but its worth it :)
Ive posted some more pictures and also found some 'screen' prints for the visor/scope thingy i made for it.
P.s. if you click on a picture and select option "View Original" then you can view the files as a PNG with a transparent background.
Apparently, the brightest fan of the fifth element) Elegant print)
Spectacular paint job!
Just print, paint and assemble? Any issues you had? Modifications you had to make? It's a LOT of things to print, I've started, just need to know if I need to change anything?
Thank you! :)
I'm afraid it was not that simple!
A lot of info i found on www.therpf.com a good website full of info for building props also a build thread for a ZF-1 there (non printed)
In a nutshell, because there are to much details to write down...
Most parts fit fine but there are no screw holes or a list of screws (hardware) to use.
So you need to do research and figure out where and how to mount parts.
I've used a lot of different techniques to paint/cover the parts for example;
The outside of the panel parts are covered in ultra thin fiberglass cloth to 'glass' it smooth the inside of the big top and bottom parts are reinforced with a double layer of 3K carbon fiber, they really need more strength because this prop is Big and Heavy! But i think you can also use more common materials to give it more strength.
The urban camo is not pained its a vinyl wrap used to cover cars, bikes and stuff. But it also works great with this. The inside of the panels are pained with gunmetal from Vallejo
Barrel parts (black front and silver back) is covered in thick flat picture paper to give it a ultra smooth finish the black front is pained the silver back is covered in film made for blasawood rc planes its a brushed metal 'color' covering film.
The gas rod springs are also printed and pained but if you can find them online buy them if saves you a lot of work and it also looks much better.
Also buy the (yellow) rocket its made by Estes Rockets company, Its a fun little side project/build to do!
The 'poison dart pods' on both sides where a pain in the butt to fit and mount! I can make some closeup pictures how i mounted them if you want to.
The ZF-1 i made is 90% modular all small panel parts are held by magnets making it easy so disassemble also because it has some 'surprises' build in it...
If you need some pictures just ask because a picture truly tells more than a thousand words if you are building a ZF-1.
During the build a lot of pictures where made planning on making a build log (that never came) so if you need a picture just ask :)
My god... this is a beautiful print.