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Yoda by bmoshe Aug 10, 2011

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yoda gives me ww1 flashbacks

Can You please tell what infill setting ils best for such model ? Thanks a lot

im trying to print this model with 0 infill, and 0 bottom layer. well looks great on 91% complete. i think u can feel free about infill question :)
printing on delta.)

HI bomoshe, Thanks for sharing this amazing model. the print came out nice. Can you give me any suggestions to paint it? which paints should I use? should I use an airbrush or a regular paintbrush?

Awesome work mate, we did a Time-Lapse of your object here https://youtu.be/bvFRyqX8-yw

THX for this design.

Little time lapse , have fun.


I have a FF Creator Pro and I'd like to scale this up a bit to get a bigger print but since I'm new I'm failing to understand how to enlarge it. When I set the scale and try to generate the gcode I get a ton of errors from RepG/Skeinforge. Any help on scaling up a bit would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Tried printing at 100microns.. It's very detailed!

I just made a 9cm high one, it's awesome, it's beautifull, thx a lot ! :)

I printed this in black ABS at a .3 layer height, then smoothed with acetone vapor and it turned out great. Really nice model.

That sounds great! I'm glad it worked out with your printer.

Hey, some dude is trying to flog this and a few other thingiverse things on Etsy. just thought you should know. https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/180840928/star-wars-yoda-bust?ref=shop_home_active_14https://www.etsy.com/au/listin...

This guy didn't actually create this mesh anyway, it was made nearly 20 years ago.

Geoffro need your help

The etsy mesh or the one on this page?

This one, I found the original mesh and it is quite old, probably older than you. Even if someone was selling it on Etsy, (1) you didn't create it so why would you care? (2) it's a licensed product - no one should be selling it full stop. and (3) If you are going to use someone elses mesh, at least give credit for it. Your descriptions (and this being the only thing you have ever posted) and the fact the original mesh was made in the 90's all lead me to conclude you are a hack. Good Day.

Not sure where the animosity is coming from but I am more than glad to share my source material with you and how I made the sculpt. It was a class project a few years ago when I was in grad school. I and about a dozen other students had to create a yoda bust for a mock Bioware test. I started with a low resolution cage and sculpted from there. Ultimately I took the sculpt and retopologized it so that I could create a game resolution asset for a pretend Star Wars game. You can see my progress on it on my portfolio site. I can also send you contacts of the people who were working with me at the time that I was making this sculpt. I do not mind sharing my work.
This was a post I did on my site on how my sculpt came to be along with some variations of it in zbrush
Here are some other artists in my class who did the assignment with me and their version of their yoda is in there too:
I agree that this is a licensed product which is why I don't sell it but I do not understand why you're accusing me of copying another mesh. There are plenty of yoda meshes out there like you suggested. This one happens to be mine. I can give credit to Frank Oz, Stuart Freeborn and Henson as well as the rest of the team who designed the original Yoda puppet. I used photographs of that one as my primary reference for sculpting.
I would like to see which model you are talking about and I would like to compare it to my work. I can tell you for a fact that I worked on my model from the ground up. I can tell you this because I have a know of former classmates who watched me do it.
I don't mind the accusation that you're throwing my way. I just want to present this to you so you can understand how this particular Yoda was made.
-Thank you!

The animosity wasn't directed at you personally, I apologize, it's directed at the people that do claim others work and profiteer of it. It is clear you created this mesh, it's insane the striking resemblance to the other ones on here - I vowed not to spend any more time going through all these ripped meshes, I'm sure you can find them you sound intelligent enough. if you did create it it shouldn't be hard for you to find a knock off I guess.

No worries :)
If it helps at all, this upload of this particular Yoda sculpt does happen to be the first one on Thingiverse. A lot of the others that you see are derivatives of this one. I am acutely aware of how this guy took off over the years. You can check my blog for the section that I dedicated to all of the places that it has reached.
In Siggraph 2011, Makerbot had a booth and offered to print models for free if you gave them an obj file. I asked them if they could print my school project and they agreed. They really liked the results and asked me if I had heard of Thingiverse. They urged me to set up an account and upload this Yoda and then they helped me do it at the booth. It took off from there and I kinda just left it alone and watched it grow. That's why this is the only thing I uploaded to Thingiverse. That's also why it's such a big file and people had to make decimated versions of it. In fact the first successful derivative of this sculpt was a light version of it. I could post some of my other sculptures but I doubt they would be as fun to print as this one. I don't have a 3D printer myself so I don't have any personal projects to share like everyone else does on this site. I'm just glad other people with printers can print this model for their own enjoyment. I do still have my original print from Siggraph at my desk which is nice :) (Zcorp print too! Very nice quality)
I personally love watching everyone tweak and morph this model, making it their own. I find it really flattering that they like my model enough to do it. Again I wasn't expecting my work to be received this way so it's all very new to me. I respect your concern as it can get frustrating to see people take credit and make money off of other people's work. For me, this was a passion project and I have no problem sharing it. I also have no problem proving that I made this particular Yoda model in case there is any confusion as there are a lot of other models like it on the internet. As long as I don't make money off of it which I don't intend to, I don't imagine having to deal with lawsuits from Disney personally. If I get a cease and desist which I've seen people get with some of their models from other companies, I will take my work off of this site. It would be unfortunate of course but I would have to respect the people who actually do own the intellectual property.

Could you upload the source file so people could edit yoda?

What kind of file do you need? If you just want to edit the sculpt, I can try to hunt it down. Otherwise Maya and max have an stl plugin that you can use to import the sculpt. this upload is at full res so it's pretty much the zsculpt that I originally authored.

.stp or .iges or .sat, files that have volume because I can't edit .stl files.

I don't have anything like that. I can give you an obj or fbx though.

Okay i think a obj file might work I'm not too sure and I don't know what a fbx file is so that one won't help.

No problem, it's a big file. Where would you like me to upload it?

Thank you and if it were me I would just upload it with the other files.

Should be ready to go. Hope it works for you :)

Okay thank you

Thanks for the high-res model, I made a high quality on Rep2 and it's great. Used the new MakerWare and it took about an hour to slice on high and about 4.5 hrs to print.

Much much better than all of the lite versions running around.

great work and everything but..... you guys all realize Lucasfilm is going to come down on this site like a ton of bricks right?

HOLY COW bmoshe! With what printer did you print the very first (new?!) picture? This is an insane quality. Please let me know! Thanks :)

Zcorp printed it for me at siggraph. Those guys and the makerbot guys there were actually the reason why I put yoda up in the first place. They gave me that print as a present too! I believe that phooky was the actual user that printed it. You can see it on his profile too along with the makerbot print that they did that week. :)

That is a sweet file, we will build this shortly out of our newest KryptonGreen material. This is going to be awesome.

Great meeting you this past week up in Vancouver. Thanks for coming down to the Shapeways booth!

It was great meeting you too. You totally opened my eyes to this side of the industry!

When nine hundred years old you be, look as good you will not, but the print still there will be!

clone war with george ;-)

George Lucus is going to come to each of hourses one by one and kick us in the private parts.

Print you, I will. Yes...

why did this take so long?

Probably killed the render process

Just took a while.

Wow, awesome model! However, you might want to lower the quality a bit, it's kind of ginormous.

I have to agree, a model this highres is a bit overkill. Not that I'm not downloading it right now though. ;) It's just higher resolution than the printer can replicate and would take dare I say days for skeinforge to slice. :)

Hey guys! I got this account and yoda set up at Siggraph yesterday and this week is kinda packed for me. Next week, I'll send you guys smaller files. I have a version that's about 2500 tris but it's obviously really low res. I'll try to give you guys some kind of gambit of files with different ranges of detail. What's a good poly count for printing? I'm kinda new to it myself.

Full res is nice if someone has a large printer like a reprap or wants to use the mesh for something specific, but most people with Makerbots are only going to print it about 3 or 4 inches tall so 50K or less should be good. I reduced it to print to about 45K and it printed with minimal noticable facets. I'd be interested in hearing how the model was made. Was it scanned or modeled? How was it done and what software? And lastly do you have other designs? Thanks for a great model.

The model was sculpted in zbrush. I used picture references from episode 5 to get it down. It was decimated a little and exported as an obj file. I have more stuff lying around but they're kinda complex and most likely won't print well. I'm working on a couple of new busts at the moment. I put yoda out because it seemed like the friendliest sculpt for printing. If these current projects look good and have the potential to work, I'll upload them later.

If you do add a lower res file, please leave the hi-res for those of us who'd like to attempt it as well :)