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Tardis by InnovationByLayers Jan 4, 2010
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In honor of the end of David Tennant\'s Doctor, I decided to model a small version of the Tardis. The Original model was much bigger, but in order to save space and plastic I scaled it down, so some of the detail has been lost. It is very rough right now, so I\'d love it if anyone wants to enhance it let me know, or link to this so I can see your version! I used Autodesk inventor to do the modelling.

UPDATE: I added tardis_scaled.stl which is a little larger, giving it some better definition and I also hollowed it out so the print didnt use so much plastic.

UPDATE: Makerbot now sells blue plastic, if anyone prints this in blue, please post!


save and print the STL

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Note the old Tardis fits inside the new one...i.e. "bigger on the inside" :-D

need to make room for an LED for the top!!!!

Does any one know how to dye the ABS before/during/after extrusion? just curious, because a blue one would be really sweet.

You can color incoming white filament with sharpie. You have to get it pretty dense to have the color come out dark (or else it will become sort of light blue)

My tardis (img above) was colored with a sharpie, about 50% of the sides of the filament colored before it went in. I also built a half blue metabrick to stabilize the color. Because the walls are so thin, the color comes out a bit light, the metabrick was darker.

I've only found one color (blue) so far that worked this way; other colors seem to burn instead and have little or no effect on the plastic color. Has anyone had luck with other colors?

i tried green and it worked well.

red came out kind of brown and disgusting.

Has anyone worked out some sort of marker rigging so that the plastic can just slide by the marker instead of manually coloring it?

Sweet... but too much detail got lost. Can you export a bigger model to STL?

Also, what's the license?

Ah; but the real question is , can we get the makerbot to print the INSIDE of the tardis.

I for one would like a repstrap that can print into multidimensional subspace manifolds.

Printing on the inside - hmmmm...

How about building something like a "Inverted Mendel", so that the extruder points outwards instead of into the build space, and wire all the Steppers backwards - then the printer could build things bigger than itself!

Of course, once the print job was finished, your printer would be trapped insi
de the printed object ...

(Should be possible to get it out using a Sonic Screwdriver or similar: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5308http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... )

Tenth's Sonic Screwdriver
by hobinjk

Print it to be bigger on the inside? :)

You have to find the Doctor for that.

knowing that the doctor is a big supporter of the reprap project, he'd probably be glad to give you the updated firmware for 4th dimensional printing

Don't you just add another stepper motor for the extra dimension ;-)

I've reduced the number of polygons in the STL and am trying to print it now...
I can't wait!!!


About time someone modelled a TARDIS, perfect for someone with blue filament for a RepRap