Robbie Robot

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Robbie Robot by larry009 Apr 18, 2014
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Robbie is a classic robot from one of my favourite science fiction movies, "Forbidden Planet".
I've printed and painted 3 versions and tried to make the helmet as transparent as possible using translucent PLA.


This time, I've provide STL files that don't need any scaling or change of orientation when you print.
No supports are needed but rafts are highly recommended, especially for the helmet.
I printed these on a MakerBot Replicator 2 using PLA.
If you can, use translucent PLA for the helmet and mouth.
I used standard resolution for every part except the antennae which used high resolution.
After printing, paint and glue together!

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How did you get your helmet so clear? I've printed all the parts and it looks great, but the helmet is very opaque, despite using clear PLA. Did you polish it somehow?

Hi Yodasdad,

If you printed at the same scale as the original stl files then the helmet should come out nice and thin.
I didn't do anything special to get a transparent effect. However you should know that it only looks transparent from certain angles. Other angles won't see through.
I have yet to see any way to make nice transparency with PLA.


Oh, I also find that printing at medium resolution looks better than high resolution for transparent effects.

beautiful work cant wait to print it kudos