Bold Machines: Margo Main Character Model for The 3D Printed Movie

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Bold Machines: Margo Main Character Model for The 3D Printed Movie by boldmachines Sep 22, 2014

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Margo is the main character. Her parents are lost on a space exploration mission. Learn more at http://boldmachines.com/blog


Use the included diagram to assemble your printed parts. We found hot glue to work very well in assembly.

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Such an amazing model and such a great print! Thank you!

These are amazing, printing them right now. Word of advice, scale up your print as some pieces will break off from the printer bed otherwise. If you want to stick to the default size, at least use rafts. I'm stuck at printing the legs right now (3rd attempt failed so far) - I might have to go with a size bump.

Just downloaded this - Look forward to printing it on the Z18 that arrived yesterday after I get done tweaking the settings

I've printed one and I named her Scarlett, amazing. I am in relation with her now. haha

Many folks asked about painting so we did an interview our model painter Adrian Yablin where she breaks it all down: with http://www.boldmachines.com/blog/2014/10/8/an-interview-with-model-painter-adrian-yablin

This is great, I've printed 10 of the parts so far at 200% scale on our Makerbot 2X in ABS and standard resolution. So far so good, quality is excellent. We're printing on rafts as the smaller parts like arms and scarf bits tend to break-away from the build plate otherwise...well on the 2X they do anyway! Will post pics when its complete.

Thanks for all the feedback folks. We'll get a blogpost up soon about the process of assembly.

What color did you use to paint the face?
Could you give me the name and the color code please?

I printed the head on a printrbot simple with an amazing skin quality, just like on the picture above.
However, the Robo3DR1 did not a good job on this face at all. The surface is quite rough and less detailed.
I am not sure whether it is due to the slicer (Slic3r ont the printrbot and MatterSlice on Robo) or due to the machines.
Since Robo does not work with Slic3r (error) I cant try out.

This is great!

Any chance of separating the hair from the face? That way the hair can be printed in one color and the face in another (I have a roll of flesh-colored ABS that I don't often use...). All the rest of the parts split nicely and allow for printing in different colors.

It's fantastic.
Pleaseeeee, what's the material and paint used?

This would be perfect if the hair was separated from the head.

Brilliant. Make the action figures BEFORE you make the movie. Distribute them for free to create an audience before its released. Plus near zero cost toys that are completely original and every bit as good (if not better than mass produced and distributed ones). I am hooked and will follow the release of all of your characters. Am also eagerly anticipating the release of the movie itself. Would love to hear more about it (funding, time to complete, distribution plans, etc). Thanks, my mind is on fire with the possibilities. Bravo!

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Wow, quisiera saber que tipo de pintura utilizo el creador. Gracias

Any chance of getting a design like this without all of the gigantic Makerbot logo / advertising?

I have done it, but cannot post it due to the no remix option, send me an email.

Just use Blender (free) to clean the logos/signs.

That really raises the bar for 3D printable characters. Nice work!

And a very nice bit of design for 3d printing too. I love the flat back of head concealed by the hat. Masterful.

Do you have more detail on the painting process? (Sanding, priming, paint used?)

The flat back of head for hats been around for years for figure kits, or resin kits, as they are mostly called now a days. They should have separated the hair from the face like resin kits as well, so it's easier to paint.

How long did the entire set of parts take to print? This is truly amazing.