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Darth Vader

by BogdanKecman, published

Darth Vader by BogdanKecman Jan 21, 2010

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cleaned up the inside of the original object http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:609 using netfabb professional



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I made one, and happened to have half a Beethoven statue from a run that died...

May the world tremble before the epic "Darth Beethoven"!

I thought he was wearing a tuxedo. :-D

this sent my Y off to negative 160... not good. great design. it looks like the comment below has a fix. i'll try that.

thanks, matt

repg 19 and the raftless plugin

Bitsfrombytes has a program I LOVE. It's netfabb studio. You can cut up models to remove any potential problems, fix buggy models (it's automatic), and, most importantly, move models. Download it, then use the purple triangle to make the bottom of Lord Vader on the bottom of your bot.

Netfabb studio is a great tool but it is not tool from bitsfrombytes. That tool is made by German company NETFABB and comes in few versions. Free version is netfabb studio basic (allow for STL repair, measurement and manipulation), netfabb engine basic (~100E - allow for same level of stl manupulation + include slicer to generate g-code), netfabb studio professional (much more expensive, allow very complex operations with stl's ) and netfabb engine professional (same level of complex operations on stl's + a very good slicer to generate g-code + usb control over some printers + some other nice features) ... the engine set of tools is still in the beta phase btw.

anyhow, not bitsfrombytes thingy, anyone can use it ... just go to http://netfabb.comnetfabb.com and get stuff directly, no need to go trough proxy

Hi Arhimed -- referring to my earlier comment where I fixed all triangles with invalid orientation. I uploaded the fixed file to http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1783http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... if you want to use it. I want no credit for the file though, it is entirely something by you and bre. Might also be cool for you to know that your file was used in the BBC Video about Bits-From-Bytes on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5Uvx__RuqIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v.... /Ulf

Hey, thanks for fixing it even more :) .. The object is purely Bre :) I just fixed it "a lot", and looks like you cleaned it even more :)

very cool but you know you can buy these for years now. like i bought one and made it atleast 10 years ago

Watching Darth Vader's head emerge is nothing like buying it in a shop... sorry.

It looks like the plastic is a golden colour from the photos. Always nice to see different coloured plastics being used.

nope, it is not golden - it is gray .. but

stupid javascript ....
it is not golden it is gray .. but the pic was taken under low light with long exposition (2sec) so it looks goldern... the picture on the black bkground

the picture on the black bkground gives the most similar color to the original ...

more pics on picassa album: http://picasaweb.google.com/bogdan.kecman/RapMan#http://picasaweb.google.com/bo...


Hi - I downloaded the cleaned Darth Vader file and checked in netfabb Studio Professional as well and there were actually 486 triangles with invalid orientation. I fixed this in netfabb Studio Professional wit the following commands

  1. remove self intersections (under actions in the repair menu)
  2. automatic repair (default repair)
  3. select shell (select main shell)
  4. toggle selection and press delete to remove the other additional shell
  5. status update show one shell, no holes and no invalid orientation.

The select shell/toggle selection/delete sequence obviously run some risk of deleting stuff you actually want in the file but in this case I do not think that happened.

I suggest you try the same repair yourself or I can upload the fixed file for you.

I hope you find this useful!


the uploaded stl has all the intersections removed and other shells removed .. that's why it printed ok - the original object was printing with problems

btw - why's thingiverse constantly saying I'm guest (I'm logged in, and the heder of this window for typing the message states "arhimed" ???


The gray PP (polypropylene) is the cheapest material around, I thing the "color" is actually achieved by recycling all different colours and mixing the recycled pellets with some natural PP in some 1:1 or 2:1 ratio. It requires few degrees higher temperature then natural PP, it does not get transparent when burning (like natural PP) and is "dirty" so you need more pressure capable extruder (this is where bitsfrombytes extruder v3 and v3.1 work good as it really has a good grip) and you can't go with nozzle under 0.5mm. Even 0.5mm might be problematic as dirt from the recycled PP can clog the nozzle.

This one is printed with

  • 0.7mm nozzle

  • 0.4mm layer thickness

  • solidity 20% (0.2)

  • infill perimeter overlap ratio: 0.6

  • 35RPM extrusion speed

  • 12mm/sec head speed

  • 220C base layer

  • 240C interface layer

  • 225C first layer (this one should go to 220 for easier raft removal)

  • 238C rest of the object

hope this helps :)