The head of Stephen Colbert

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The head of Stephen Colbert by Colbert Jun 8, 2011

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At long last, everyone in the world (ok everyone who has access to a 3d printer) can have their own bust of America's greatest entertainer and statesman, Stephen Colbert.

Even better, you can use this model and your favorite 3d modeling software to add Mr. Colbert's face to objects which were formerly lacking in Colbert heads, like bannisters, umbrella handles, toothpaste squeezers, and rabbits. (To name a few.)

Made with a Polhemus 3d scanner at the Colbert set on 6/6/2011.


"HighRes" versions are very high-res. The LowRes and LowerRes versions still have a lot of detail and are more reliable, so start with those.

This bust should print well on a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic even without support material.

Check out http://www.polhemus.com/ for more information about their great scanners.

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The stl file is awesome. I would like to know how long did it take you to scan Colbert and what post scanning software you used?


I hasitly made a timelapse video of this print of Stephen's head that made it onto Boing Boing:



For those outside the USA who have no idea who he is and get blocked by IP trying to find out. :-D

im using inkscape.and how to achive hatch filling in text.

eggbot contribute-hatch fill option im try but crash the system.

so pls give me some easy method.

How does one get their variations added to the gallery above? I must have missed the tab for setting that.

You have to click 'I Made One' and then you will be given an option to upload your variant as a new thing. Then you'll have to delete your old version. (I made the same mistake =)

Love that it was done in sketchup. Free software is the best software

Who? never heard of the man! I am so glad I went with a Mendel I can hold my head high and say I have nothing to do with Makerbot, you've turned thingiverse into a commercial for your own purposes. Well done, but ultimately you will reap what you sow. Sorry had to say this, your ego will ultimately be the death of thingyverse.

The post by 'hexitex' just reeks of contempt and envy !

I agree with Mike77 completely.

How do you think Richard Branson and Steve Jobs built their businesses from scratch and became mega successful ? It's because they have incredible marketing skills and know how to use the media to their advantage... and yes, they both have big egos.

MBI is not per
fect by any means, but in order to survive and expand their business they absolutely need to maximize every opportunity to publicize their products, especially using TV appearances and creating a compelling website such as Thingiverse. I don't know Bre personally, but I think he's doing a fantastic
job getting MBI into the media, NY Times, on Colbert, etc. and is rightfully very proud
of it.

This is a classic case of TPS ('Tall Poppy Syndrome'), a social phenomenon common to the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada) in which people of genuine merit are resented, attacked, cut down, or critic
ized because their talents or achievements elevate them above or distinguish them from their peers. (see http://www.convictcreations.com/culture/poppy.htmhttp://www.convictcreations.co... and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tall_poppy_syndromehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... ). I should know as I am a Brit.

As Mike77 said, if you are really unhappy with the Thingiv
erse, then don't visit it. There is absolutely nothing stopping you from creating an even better version.

Nuff' said.

SparkySD, you obviously didn't read all my posts, your rant is misplaced. In Summary; I think in the long term, Thingiverse is bigger than MBI's printer devision by a big factor and was pointing out that these kind of 'open' sites succeed where there is no obvious self interest.

MBI is a business, and I think too many people expect saints. Adrian and Vik and the rest of the RepRap folk are so bright they hurt my eyes, but Bre and Zack et al are doing this for a living, and the difference is significant. Adrian's quest to change the world with his brain is inspiring, and Vik has impressed the hell out of me. They (and the other major RepRap contributors) are the closest thing to saints because they're out to Make The World Better for it's own sake.

While I can't say I agree with MBI's business practices all the time, Thingiverse is one place I think they've done it right. They built it, they pushed it, they made a place where a community could find a home and grow into a place where humor and brilliant design are both looked upon favorably.
MBI doesn't seem to be out the Make The World Better so much as make a living doing something they love. Don't forget how many RepRaps are powered by Zack's work on the electronics.

Have they earned a few pats on the back? I think so. I've seen nothing (including the Colbert Report) that leads
me to think ego is central in their universe. Bre's a pretty dynamic guy who couldn't hide his excitement about something he likes A LOT. Ultimately, if you feel so fundamentally bothered by it, don't support their business, there are others out there. Just don't get after them for BEING a busin
ess, they aren't drawing an academic salary, they have to eat.

Look, I agree that those guys are a business and need to make money but Thingiverse has the potential to be much bigger than any 3d Printer company, this is just the start, the very early days and when printers are being sold on mass thingiverse could be top of the pops. Overly servicing Makerbot leaves the door open for a neutral party to claim their space. JMO.

oh and, uh...


Excellent! Just what I need for the shooting gallery :)

Seriously though, good on ya Mr Colbert.

I was thinking the same thing, Target practice!

Bre, this is frickin' awesome!

Let the mashups begin. :)

the colbert bump!!! lol

And so the wave begins...

Congratulations, Stephen... that's getting a-head. :-D

Can't wait to print this up.