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Darth Vader Reveal Bust

by Geoffro, published

Darth Vader Reveal Bust by Geoffro Jun 28, 2014

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Print shown took 5.5 hours for the main bust, 3 hours for the helmet and about an hour to paint.
Note on the little mouth microphone pieces.
Mine broke off when I took the supports off the mouth and nose, but no sweat! I took 2 tiny pieces of filament, heated the ends to make little balls and super glued them to the machinery in the jaw.. and hey presto, all fixed. So the two little silver ended things are just super-glued black filament with sliver paint on the end.


The STL's provided are plated as they were printed, they were both printed at pretty much what I print all my busts at,
0.2mm layer height,
2 Walls/Shells in ABS.
70ms Feed,
120ms Travel.
Rafts +Supports.
Supports are easy to remove and necessary.
Easy to remove supports - there is not many.
How you print it is of course up to you, but that's what i used for this print. Using the above settings the Bust took 5.5 hours and the Helmet took 3 hours, luckily most of it's black so painting is a breeze -
I used acrylics with some gloss enamel for the helmet, but not too much as I am hopeless with spray cans, that's why I do everything by hand brushing. I used only a few colours in this one, Black, Red Blue, Yellow, White and Silver. The yellow is to mix with the red and white for the skin colour, the red and blue to make the purply skin around his eyes, pretty quick job all in all. Started printing at 8am, was finished by 8pm tonight.
Mesh notes
This mesh is a little different to the normal bust mesh I would upload. I don't like long prints! no I really mean it, I hate long prints, I go to bed still hearing my printer printing even when it's not turned on... I think I've discovered a new syndrome.. anyway that's another story...
This mesh has alot of hollow sections. I tried to do something different, and that was use supports as internal infill - not Infill as infill.. why?
Well, I can't make my machine print any faster, but I can change models so they do, so what I did was cut out a tonne of sections once it was done, left cavities where I normally wouldn't, but everytime I did I made sure the area was covered with a roof of some sort, if you print this and get to the shoulders and neck, you will see what I mean.
The support material will act as infill int he places where it's needed inside the mesh, in places that get covered and you don't need to remove it. I kept as many of these as I could so you will see alot of them printing out, but the finished product will only have a few visible supports, the rest can stay inside and work effectively as infill that took much less time and plastic.

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I´m new on printing 3d and learning and testing prints on my machine, i just wanna say thank you for your models, thank you ! Anderson

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thx looks awesome! you're my hero (one of many, but still one ;))

Hi, i just made an very little adjust on the helmet stl, and made a custom gcode to make that print part easier, so can i send to you so you can share with then ? Don't wanna credits or nothing, only help.

Wow this model is a complete mess, slicing it with Simplify3D. Why do so many models slice like crap in this software that is otherwise flawless??

What slicer are you guys using to print this with? Simplify3d is just very sensitive to issues with models and is not very good at covering then up. It is never a problem with Simplify3D but I understand that some of these incredibly complex models are very hard to make perfect.

This isn't a complex model tho. It slices perfectly In maker ware , replicator g and slic3r. I also was annoyed that the one program I spent $100 on (simplify 3D) is pretty terrible at anything besides making neat support structures.

I'd rather see Rosie O'Donnell naked than go through the pain of makerware or replicatorG. I could try Slic3r.

S3D is not only amazing with supports, its insanely fast, my prints are faster (due to the ability to only place supports where they are truly needed, and also the dual extrusion capabilities are unparalleled. That and I don't have to wait 15 minutes for a complex model to slice, its done in seconds and has worked with 99% of everything I have wanted to print.

just netfab if u have problems....instead of complaining. my prints are flawless on freeware so thats on you if u wanted to buy a program... makerware is great and does most of s3d applications. and its free

Makerware is a joke. But for some models I may have to make an exception and use that crap program. Don't get me wrong I have no clue how you create such insanely complex artistic models like this as I can only do fairly mundane and common mechanical assemblies in Solidworks and I appreciate it but its insanely frustrating when I run into these problems since its so painful to use the free slicers.

I agree with that , just have it as a goto for this problem

The new Makerware is a joke yes, I can't stand it and only use the old version - and only on my flashforge dual. I use Sli3er for most everything else as it is probably the easiest slicing program there. No, it doesn't have as many features as S3D, but then again It's not bloated AF like S3D. I like being able to manipulate supports before printing, so there is that aspect of it I like but I have 7 printers currently going and nearly all of them use something different to print- but for at least 5 of them, whether they print using a html interface, pronterface or whatever, slicer can handle all of them without a problem, whereas S3D can only really print well on a few of my machines and the code it spits out for the others seems to be quite funky and makes it do odd things. But for an old replicator 2 type model, honestly, for a simple simple all in one the old makerware is still the go for me for dual extrusions on the FF, it never fails for me. Makerware has no mesh fixing capability, so I don't rely on it for that - I use netfabb before printing anything, on any printer.

Bust printed perfectly on my Flashforge Creator. The Helmet, not so much. Tried with with external support, going to try full support this time. Bust looks beautiful though. Printed it in black to save time on painting.

Printed fine with Makerbot instead of ReplicatorG which I was using before.

happy Revenge of the Fifth Geoffro! Printing this today @150% scale and we printed HD Yoda for May the Fourth Be With You! Live on stream even www.twitch.tv/gluten_free_gam3r and will be streaming the Vader tonight! Love your work mate!

What about a version without the face inside? I know the original model came from the Sci-Fi 3D Models site, and there is a better version of the Reveal Helmet on Turbosquid it just costs a bit. But I'm curious if this could be made wearable without the face.

Sorry?? There is a darth vader bust on Sci fi3d, but it is not this one - download it and have a closer look than simply the thumbnail on there. I wasn't thrilled with the one on turbosquid, which is what originally spurred me to make this one. I challenge you to find a head like that, as I sculpted it, the mesh is a mess lol.

Ah I see now my apologies, still a version without the face would be good. Maybe even a removable dome so if this could be made wearable it could be made more like the Reveal Helmet.

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Love the model. But I scaled it down 50% and I guess it made everything too thin because I ended up with holes in some of the stuff like the shoulders and especially the helmet. Going to see if I have time for a full scale print.

1.. your username made me lol :)

2.. I have never tried to print this any smaller, so yeah sorry about that, there are some parts that might be too thin if scaled down to %50, I would try %70 at the minimum with this one.

How'd you get giant text?

Incredible work ... Just like all your designs. In the process of printing your Darth Maul at the moment but I'm thinking this is next.

This is so awesome, man!

Nice work, this is what I originally intended to do, but ran out of patience. I am going to print this very soon!

Yeah it wasn't a quick process, I actually almost ran out of patience too to be honest :) I must have cut that helmet up 50 times, scrapped it and started again before I got it right. I had to get the pieces joined before I smoothed and sculpted the helmet, and you need to do it in a set order or it's a write off.. next is the Predator reveal bust, but the jaws are going to have to be closed, there is no way to have them open and have the helmet on too.

Very nice work, as usual!