Geordi Laforge Visor

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Geordi Laforge Visor by DrewSmith007 Jun 24, 2012

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This is a replica of the visor worn by Levar Burton as Geordi Laforge on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

There were several versions, and these aren't perfect to any of them. But they're close...


I had more detailed instructions here, but when I uploaded another file they were erased. So, sorry if these aren't detailed, but I don't feel like typing them again. Feel free to ask me any questions.

  1. Print out both parts
  2. While they're printing, cut 50, 7/8" pieces of 1/8" diameter brass rod or tube. It's available at hobby lobby in the model train area. You'll probably need 2 packages of 3, 12" pieces.
    3.Sand and fill the 2 printed pieces to your liking.
    4.Glue the rods in the holes of 1 side only. You might have to redrill the holes, I did.
    5.Glue the rods into the other side.
    6.Glue, or use filler to close the gap (if any) between the two pieces.
    7.Sand and fill all cracks, then sand some more until you're happy with the finish.
    8.Mask the brass rods with tape. I used blue painters tape, it worked well.
    9.Paint, then I recommend a clear coat as well.
  3. (Optional) Find an event where Levar Burton is appearing, and have him sign them!


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I am having trouble printing the bottom part. I have a Maker Select V2 and am filling 100%, build plate adhesion, and not using supports, sliced in Cura. As or just after it gets the first layer down the extruded jams or just stops feeding. I was able to print the top with no issue but every time I try the bottom this happens. I have re-sliced, re-leveled, turned up the heat, still no luck. Has anyone else ran into this?

I measured the visor put together in 3ds max and it measures only 1 inch thick from the outer most top and bottom edges. Is this correct? That seems like it is not thick enough.. either it is thick enough and I am wrong, or something is off about my scale but when importing it into 2 slicers it measures the same. 12.7mm of height for the top and bottom which equals 1 inch in all.

Thank you so much I love this very much for my halo-ween costume! I was on a budget so I used plastic coffee stirs I spray painted gold in place of the brass rods :). Hopefully I can post a pic of my one at some point.

Cool! I met him at an event my company hosted and I told him thanks for Reading Rainbow and he looked at me like "man you're making me feel old." He was nice about it though. Would love to know what he said to you about the visor!?

Hahaha Still chuckling to myself about the final (optional) step :P

On Sculpteo.com and iMaterialise.com I keep getting an error for the size, saying that max size is smaller than the model. Is there an alternate 3D printing service that you recommend that can handle the size of your models?

Hey if you're still looking towards getting this made contact me. I will gladly make you one. I'm based in Toronto canada and print with a 3D systems projet 4500

What is a recommended online 3D printing service?

I would love to see more photos of the progression from raw print to refined product. The end result looks really good!

You know the original was made from hair clips?

If this isn't close to the real visor, it is a good La Forgery.

Nice. My friend did it and painted his the appropriate color. He actually even got it signed by Burton!

Trying to get these printed. I was asked the following from a 3D printing group:
What units were used to create the files?
What is the footprint of the files?
Did I have a printer in mind?

Any help?

I'm 99% I drew them in inch scale, and I think it's roughly 6" x 6"
Whoever is printing them for you should be able to tell the footprint with the correct units.
I don't work in mm, but if for some weird reason they are in mm, they should be able to figure it out.

This is cool! I'm gonna be making this. Thanks for sharing...

Thank you so much for sharing this. The VISOR was a big hit in Montreal this Halloween weekend.

Disregard earlier comment. Easier than I thought.

"print out both parts"

In 3D? I'm very impressed and would love to make one of these using your methods for Halloween but I'm afraid I'm not sure where to start when it comes to 3D printing. Help?


Step 11: Get Levar Burton to wear it, and take a picture.

Thank you for the design!

I branched after step 1 though, and just used filament rods dipped in ABS cement. It's definitely less opaque, but far more usable! :-P

I'm amazed that the visor happens to fit my head almost perfectly, but sadly is too narrow for every friend I've handed it to. Hmmm, time to dive into making a p
arametric visor?

is it wood or some type of foam for the visor? what did you use to make your visor?

That is really awesome! So cool you got Levar to sign them!!!