OpenSCAD Voltron, Defender of the Thingiverse

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OpenSCAD Voltron, Defender of the Thingiverse by MakerBlock Oct 31, 2012

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This is an articulated snap-fit assemblable Voltron action figure, made entirely in OpenSCAD.

The entire model, lion heads, and even Voltron's face are all 100% OpenSCAD. Fully assembled, the model is 160mm tall from feet to the top of its head and 90mm from shoulder to shoulder.

I've used Tony Buser's pin connectors v2 and a new hinge/joint system ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:33426 ) I designed to create hinges that will rotate through a user specified range of motion. The model can rotate the hands, shoulder, neck, hips, and at the waist. It can also bend at the ankle, knee, and elbow. Also, the wings can also be positioned.

I had a lot of fun designing each of the appendages to match the personality of the Voltron-lions. Besides the lion heads, my favorite feature of this model has got to be the slightly-parametric fake lion legs.


Download and print each plate (black, blue, green, red, white, and yellow) in their respective colors. I've separated out the head so that it can be printed with a raft and support. (I forgot and printed it upright - which turned out surprisingly well). The entire model should snap together - but several parts have a very tight fit. A light sanding (or just a lot of force) may help.

The fully printed model was made using parts from the v8.0 zip file, with an updated red-plate from v8.1 slightly modified to put the wings properly on the XY plane. I'd recommend downloading the ZIP files to make sure you get all the pieces.

Update: I changed the title to "OpenSCAD Voltron, Defender of the Thingiverse" per Cyclone's comment, because it was just too cool not to.

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I want to personally thank you for taking the time to make this. i am looking forward to making it in its entirety. Right now, starting with the red. Your hard work and your talent are really appreciated from a fan since the 80s.

Also, I love how he is crushing a dalek, but which dalek model is that ? I’m on my way to printing voltron, and have only the black and white to do

That was a LONG time ago... I think it was this model: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1600

Doctor Who New Series Dalek Body

I'm in the process of printing this and so far so good, the only recommendation that I can make is to rotate the lions heads on the arms 90 degrees so the pins line up with the extrusion line. I've had the pins break off due to the inherent weakness with the layers. Now if FedEx would just deliver the white and black PLA so I can finish this.

what about the blazing sword?!

Got to love the internet.

Not, "Dude, this is awesome!" but, "Hey man, why didn't you do ".

it is pretty awesome, but come on cant have voltron with out his Blazing sword!

p.s love it

I'll make you this deal, right here, right now. :)

If you can:
1) Print and assemble my Voltron with each part in the appropriate color plastic or paint the part to the appropriate color (painting an entire leg blue is fine, etc)
2) Print the spinning laser blade in silver or paint it silver ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:33622 )
3) Upload a picture of your Voltron as a "I Made One"

I will design and upload an OpenSCAD blazing sword.

Do we have a deal?

OpenSCAD Voltron Spinning Laser Blade

ill try it might not happen though :)

thx for responding so quickly

And... that's why I haven't designed the sword.

Out of 186,128 things made from Thingiverse (as of today) there have been only 3 people who have printed this model.

That said, I look forward to seeing the 4th from you!

Probably i lost in the multitude of pegs and messed up few.

Hands are very loosely snap to the body and shoulder peg is too short - it's hard to rise the hand.

Also it would be nice to have top part of the hand rounded so that it would roll freely around the joint.

The reason I had a "squarish" part at the top of the shoulder was so it would be a little more screen accurate. (I think that's what you're referring to since the hands can rotate 365 in the sockets).

You might be right about the shoulder pegs being too short - I wasn't sure since I printed the body in a different type of plastic and couldn't be sure about whether the difference was due to shrinkage rather than fit.

But, it should be pretty easy to adjust the OpenSCAD file to suit.

Is there anyway u can seperate all the parts? I want to download individual and make each peice max size.

You could export them individually from the OpenSCAD file or you could use something else to slice them out of the printing plates.

this is great i am going to print it. Any chance on all pieces being separate? i want to print max size for rep2

You want to print every single piece separately?!

Awesome job on the design!  I was able to fit everything together by sanding down the connector pieces a bit, otherwise everything else went off without a hitch. Thanks for making my childhood dreams come true. Always wanted the Voltron Lions 'back in the day'.  :-)

I love the pose in the top pic. If he had a rose in his teeth I'd say we were about to see a Tango!

Any chance of a Blazing Sword and other weapons to go with this if there isn't one already?

I suppose I could knock out a shield and sword...

OpenSCAD Voltron Spinning Laser Blade

MakerBlock is the OpenSCAD master.

I did try to make a Voltron once before, but I like this one better.  ( http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5311http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... )

Leonardo Voltron

Yikes, i bet that took some time to do.
Are you thinking of doing anything else like this? (power rangers lol)

Yeah, designing did take some time - mostly with "sculpting" the lion parts.  Printing went surprisingly quickly - I was able to print everything, start to finish, in one evening.

While I have no plans for other things like this or power rangers, I had made an entirely different set of arms that would look great as a human action figure.  I think I'd like to see how feasible it is to create smaller-scale human action figures. 

Once a human action figure possible, the mash-ups would get INSANE...

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