Star Wars Force Awakens BB-8 - Upgrade 3.1

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Star Wars Force Awakens BB-8 - Upgrade 3.1 by wkarraker Feb 25, 2016
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Super simple droid build, orange caps hold two part base together. The uploaded size creates a 6" ball, approximately 7.5" tall. Ball is hollow if anyone wishes to build electronics. Another one-off birthday present for my daughter who is in love with BB-8.

Print six Body_Caps and Body_Rings, print two Body sections. Body_Rings hold the two Body parts together, Body_Caps fit inside Body_Rings to hide seams. I was pleased with most of the fit but it did require some shaping and sanding. I recommend printing one Body_Ring and Body_Cap after you print the Body sections and adjust as necessary.

Credit for original design goes to Disney and Industrial Light and Magic (thank you for the inspiration!). 3D files were created in Cinema 4D based on visual interpretation of images posted on the web.

BB-8 has a 2.0 dome! All dome files have been modified, download them all for a complete upgrade. Added an orange detail ring to the bottom of the dome to better match the real BB-8. Parts fit snuggly, if you have a heat gun you can soften the plastic just enough to mold it to a matching piece. Go slow and don't overheat the piece or you may be printing it again!

I've added a 'Light' version of the body file. If you don't need the spherical interior this file will reduce the amount of plastic used for the print.

BB-8 has 3.0 side panels! New side panel files have been created, download all 'caps' and 'inserts' to upgrade your BB-8! I've been working on these for a while, I recently found a good resource on how the panel lines work out. I've left the original cap file online, it's been renamed to 'BB-8_Body_SimpleCap.stl'.

I've added a set of 'F' panels, apparently my reference photos had a flipped image and there was a different panel that I had not mocked up. I've also improved the Main Dome file with higher polygon count (4x) so it doesn't have the 'facets' that the original one did. The middle detail ring (file 'BB-8_Dome Middle Ring.stl') was also improved to match the new dome file. Along with that is a slightly modified small lens (within the 'BB-8_Dome_Lenses.stl' file).

I've had many compliments on the fit and finish of the parts, be forewarned that the tolerances can be tight. Everyone's printers have different capabilities. Gently warming the pieces with a heat gun can make things fit easier.

Let me know if you are interested in any other modifications!

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Used 3 shells because I knew I would have to sand and shape certain areas, YMMV.

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Anyone know what the inner diameter of the ball is? obviously the head wouldn't stay on but I wonder if a weasel ball would fit inside it :)

I measured the original file, the internal diameter is 101.6 mm across, if you print the BB-8_Body.stl file as posted on the Thingiverse site. So around 4" in diameter, hope that fits your weasel ball!

I'm having an issue slicing the BB-8 Simple Cap. When I load it into my slicer, it appears only the upper shell is the only part that is rendering, leaving the interior completely hollow.

I've rechecked the uploaded version of the BB-8_Body_SimpleCap.stl file and the bottom of the object was missing! I've re-uploaded a fresh copy and checked it afterwards. Hope it works better for you.

Thanks for everyone asking about creating a version of his evil counterpart, BB-9E. I am nearly done creating the 3D model but still need to break it down into printable parts, I hope to have it ready soon. I am not completely happy with the dome and will likely rework it after more reference images are available.

Till then I'll post a rendering of what I've been able to create so far. The number of polys have been increased on this model to avoid some of the facets visible on the original BB-8. Enjoy!

How's the progress on BB-9E?

i had hoped BB-9E would have been featured more prominently in the movie but was disappointed it only had 10 seconds of screen time. I have the body files done and ready to be posted but I'd like to post the dome files at the same time. The dome is causing me fits because I do not have a full 360 view of it, getting the panel details around the dome has been the issue. I have been able to rework the 'eye' on the head to more accurately reflect the physical design. Next time I'm at a store that carries them I'll have to grab some pictures of a Sphero BB-9E or a Talking BB-9E to use as reference, there aren't many pictures on the web that shows all angles.

Which stl's do I have to specifically print to make a BB-8?

There are two variations on the Body, use the BB-8 Simple Body group for the least amount of material and quickest print time.

BB-8 Dome:
1 x BB-8_Dome_Main.stl
1 x BB-8_Dome_Top_Ring.stl
1 x BB-8_Dome_Middle_Ring.stl
1 x BB-8_Dome_Bottom_Ring.stl
1 x BB-8_Dome_Bottom.stl
1 x BB-8_Dome_Detail_Ring.stl
1 x BB-8_Dome_Lenses.stl

BB-8 Simple Body:
6 x BB-8_Body_Ring.stl
2 x BB-8_Body_Light.stl
6 x BB-8_Body_SimpleCap.stl

BB-8 Detailed Body:
6 x BB-8_Body_Ring.stl
2 x BB-8_Body.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_CapA.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_CapB.stl
2 x BB-8_Body_CapC.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_CapD.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_CapE.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_InsertA.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_InsertB.stl
2 x BB-8_Body_InsertC.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_InsertD.stl
1 x BB-8_Body_InsertE.stl

The fit and finish depends on your printer, let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for the response.

Which is more screen accurate? I'm guessing the detailed version?

I can't say if either is 'screen accurate', just my interpretation of what I can do with my skill set and tools. I have not had access to the Sphero BB-8 (or the BB-9E variant) toys, just some screen references from the Star Wars Wiki (Wookiepedia.com). As soon as the BB-9E is showcased on Wookiepedia I'll finish it's dome, I already have the body created.

Awesome! Thank you for your reply.

Any plans to make a BB-9e variant? Please :)

As soon as decent pics are available I will. I've been looking at some of the toys but haven't gotten a good read on a full 360 of the droid itself.

Awesome. I can't wait. My daughter's class loved the Red white and blue one. Named him BB-76

I whipped up the body files last night, I took a look at the Sphero droid and it's a little to 'cartoony' ATM. I'll rough out the dome but I probably won't post them till the movie is released.

You're the best!

Thank you for an upgrade of side panels. I've already started printing them. New panels looks much more better then my previous ones with hand sprayed details.

What pieces require support?

The only thing I used supports on were the body halves. The head may require support if your printer has issues with adhesion on angles approaching 45°. Most everything else can be printed without.

Great design, thank you

nice design. i want to make it. side note, looks like you need to tighten you belts on your machine.

This is amazing! Coolest Star Wars model I have seen!

Beautiful. I wish there is a keychain version of this.

HEY! This model has the detail you were looking for on the center caps. Perhaps he might send you some files that might help you cut the grey parts out...


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At present the dome is just sitting on top. My daughter is working him over and planning on doing a full 'grunge' paint job. She wanted to sand out the striations and make him a little more seamless. Once that is done we will likely find an optimal angle and position where she wants the head to me and glue it to the body. Or add a mounting plate and a spring and make him a bobblehead, hard to say!

Ok, thanks for the info. In the original head file there was a cylinder that could be attached to the body and then the head slipped on so you could move it around, but I do not see that in these files.

how did you attach the head?

Hi AppleTart!

I don't get it neither. Did you find out since May? The body is still printing here but I wonder how too.


There is no specific way to attach the head. You can leave it loose and position it wherever it will sit at will, you can glue it down if you need a more extreme angle, or you can attach the head to the body with a bouncy spring and have your own BB-8 bobblehead! Post pictures with whatever method you come up with!

Thanks LASERMAN! I've thought about making the door details for the center hubs but haven't found a good picture of them. As for the dome I'm working on a new design made of orange plastic that will provide more of the missing detail that others have mentioned. Glad you liked the design, your print looks really good.

This is a great model - wonderful design! I wish you had done the grey parts inside the caps.
(Actually, I wish I had the skill to do it.) There is one model on here that has all the detail, but they didn't do it as separate, snap-in parts - they just did grooves.....I guess I can make stickers.