Oblivion Defender Drone!!

by BrandonW6, published

Oblivion Defender Drone!! by BrandonW6 May 3, 2013


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Protect your home with your own Defender Drone Replica!

After seeing the movie Oblivion, first thing I said was "I want one of those drones!". That weekend I modeled one for fun based on some pictures I found online. The model turned out so well I figured I could cut it up into printable sections, so I did!. Its not exactly the same as the movie one, but close enough for me. Download and print your own!


Print out the following: (No Supports Required)

Main Body Left
Main Body Right
Main Engine Cone
Drone Face
2 x Linkage (seriously, no supports needed, I was surprised!)
2 x Outer Gun Section
2 x Inner Gun Section
2 x Small Engine Ring
I had an issue with the main body sections peeling up, I recommend wiping your bed with acetone and making sure to let it heat up sufficiently before you start printing. Even then I had a tiny bit of curling around the face. Some filament dissolved in acetone can be used as a filler to close any gaps along the seam.

Remove the small support block on the main body sections inside the face hole.

-I recommend first attaching the two main shells together with superglue. There are small holes you can stick a tiny piece of filament into, to assist in the lining up the sides.
-Then glue on the main engine and small engine rings.
-Then glue on the linkages being careful to keep them lined up.
-Then glue the outer gun sections onto the linkages (after ensuring the inner Gun section will slide in of course, keeping the inner sections separate during this stage allows you to look through the body to ensure each side is lined up.
-Then glue in the inner sections.
-Finally for the face, I drilled a small hole and inserted a tiny piece of red filament for the red eye. Sand it down to make the color stand out. And glue the face into the front of the model.

I have also included a nice display stand that holds the drone. Perfect for your desk!

Feel free to leave comments or suggestions.

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Now the only thing you need is for it to make those cool drone sounds it made in the movie...

Could you make a file where the whole drone is one model.

I downloaded all the files and found that the right half is corrupted and is broken for me so i tried downloading just that one alone and still had no luck so i made the other half from a mirror image of the left side in blender

Will it make sounds and move too?

I have started printing parts, but I wander:
How is the Linkage printed ? It has free hanging top ring section.
Any suggestions ?


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Great project.
I saw the movie for the 4th time yesterday and still amazed. Will start printing this one soon.
Anybody put the parts of a webcam in it already ?


Hi, I'm just starting my print, and started with the main body Left, but when I open Main body right in Makerbot, the object is black. with no real details.

Well, I just opened it in ReplicatorG, and it looks fine. I guess I'll do the other half in that.


This thing is totally cool

Run it through Cloud Netfabb and it fixes it.

Great build :-) I am impressed how the parts snap together!

this will too then :) will post it soon! i modelled it for a game and am converting it for printing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLePQzPJy6s&list=UU67sLjQT2Fd7I-MWrvYZHvghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?...

This might be the most beautiful thing I've ever seen ;) KSP + Oblivion w/ 3d printed models to boot? I'm in heaven! Thanks for sharing the awesomeness!

This is super cool! Thank you!

hey Brandon. I'm a huge Oblivion fan and I have a resin drone I'm building and I want to combine a few of your parts to this model. Can you scale up your pieces? Also I don't have a printer so would you be interested in printing one for me. Just let me know how much. I also want to add some of the upgrades from techno bill

How do you guys print the linkage without support, i tried but the briding is ugly and im afraid it will show when assembled

great design!
my print failed near the end 90% :(
will start tomorow again with it.

can you tell me, what software do you using for designing it?

Wow, very very very cool !!
(I am bust drawing up a bubble ship. If it is possible to make it printable I will post it here)

Thank you for your answer, I thought at a price to 100 € more or less if you can, then of course there would be more in shipping, I live in Italy. Thanks for asking, I will wait your news bye.


hello, I'm sorry but I wanted to ask if you could make one for me, because I love it, I would have it, I could not find anywhere, and I do not have a makerbot, of course I can pay if it is not excessive spending, I could assemble and color it myself if it is a problem, and if you do, thank you, and sorry for the inconvenience.

Hi Brandon, your drone is amazing!! Now I'm printing one. thanks.

This is really cool ! (if not to say "geil")
Somehow The
Main-Body-right is not properly recognized by Makerware. Slicing only
possible via Skeinforge. Same happens if I open Main-Body-left in a CAD,
mirror and save.

Thats strange. I used replicatorG to mirror Main Body left into Main Body right and I used skeinforge to slice it. Are you getting any sort of errors? Have you tried running it through netfabb?

I had the same with it in the printer/slicer software of the UP! Mini. I think the faces were just inverted, nothing else..

Yeaah, with Skeinforge works. With makerware-slicer it generates only the two start stripes for the nozzle-filing.

Same for me, slicing with repG works better.

This is awesome :)

Can you please post the original file? .

Awww you should totally do the bubble ship. This is totally sick though, its printing as I type.

Maybe i'll attempt the bubbleship sometime, but its too bad I cannot print the bubble in clear plastic.


It's great to see a such an intricate design that uses just plastic for the coloring. :)

Thanks! I'm glad you like it!