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Minion Helmet [message #24478] Sat, 05 March 2011 16:59 UTC Go to next message
avatar aeron203  is currently offline aeron203
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The Minion Helmet is a retro style 3D-printed helmet based on a scan of my head. The wide circular curves are reminiscent of Steampunk or Bauhaus. I started to apply rivets but the results were not pleasing, so I kept it minimal and applied a warm color gradient so it appears to glow red hot.

The Minion Helmet ensures your minions will thrive in any environment. The large flat surfaces on the top and forehead are for mounting equipment. You can attach a GPS, audio communication, and video camera to transmit your minions activities back to your giant wall of screens. Now you can watch your minions do your bidding from the safety and luxury of your underground lair. It's like Foursquare, but better.

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/7397/minionhelmetfullscaleds.jpg

I printed a full scale version that was to snap-fit together, but that type of connection is very hard to do with Sandstone material due to it's lack of flexibility. With some modification it did stay in place, but just barely.

http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/691/minionhelmetfaceshieldd.jpg

I took some pictures wearing it, holding the face shield in place to prevent it dropping to the floor. The results look hilariously dramatic though, so I think it worked out. The design is for sale on Shapeways in three sizes: Full-size, half-size, and micro. They are all sold as one-piece for display.

http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/7794/minionhelmetfullscale19.jpg

Minion Helmet

Mini Minion Helmet

Micro Minion Helmet

I made an animation showing the modeling process. I used very rough scan data just to give a basic outline. A helmet is not the sort of thing you want to be form-fitting. The clearance is small on the top and back, but there is plenty of clearance elsewhere for padding, headphones, and breathing apparatus. This model uses the basic CAD approach of starting with a large block and carving away material. This can be a limiting modeling method, but it was ideal in this case because the circular arcs created by the fillet/round operation were appropriate for this design.

http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/1401/helmetanim256dif.gif

I made a half-scale version that was sanded and finished to a nice gloss. It took several hours to sand and coat the model three times, but the results are great.

http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/8568/minionhelmetminiangleds.jpg

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/1499/minionhelmetminisidedsc.jpg

http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/5310/minionhelmetminibottomd.jpg

It was modeled in Alibre, which has a great 3D PDF export capability. I've included the 3D PDF in the attachment so you can take a look.


Aaron - 40westdesigns.com/blog
Re: Minion Helmet [message #24517 is a reply to message #24478 ] Sun, 06 March 2011 22:39 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Way too Awesome for words!!!


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Re: Minion Helmet [message #24557 is a reply to message #24478 ] Mon, 07 March 2011 19:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Thanks Ray. This is a weird one, even by my standards. Nothing needs to be said, really. Just hoping to provide a little inspiration. Wearable 3D prints are where it's at.


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Re: Minion Helmet [message #24559 is a reply to message #24557 ] Mon, 07 March 2011 22:01 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Quote:

I printed a full scale version that was to snap-fit together, but that type of connection is very hard to do with Sandstone material due to it's lack of flexibility. With some modification it did stay in place, but just barely.
You could try magnets glued in the right spots.
Re: Minion Helmet [message #24687 is a reply to message #24478 ] Wed, 09 March 2011 19:48 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Yes, magnets! There's something about magnetism that always seems magical and clever. I do have some nice neodymium magnets that would do the trick, but they're a little too big. They can erase a credit card from about a foot away so I've learned to be careful putting them into things.


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Re: Minion Helmet [message #24737 is a reply to message #24687 ] Thu, 10 March 2011 23:29 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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WOW..
just..
WOW.. Very Happy

Fanfreakintastic! Love it!

PS. Try KJ magnetics, they have an awesome supply of magnets in all shapes and sizes!


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Re: Minion Helmet [message #25350 is a reply to message #24737 ] Mon, 28 March 2011 09:48 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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*Very* feaky, I love it!

Didn't that cost you a fortune to print though?

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Re: Minion Helmet [message #25460 is a reply to message #24478 ] Wed, 30 March 2011 20:27 UTC Go to previous message
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A 3D printed helmet is not yet economical, but I was trying many different ideas at once, so that gives it efficiency for me. It's one of the largest prints I've made with a powder printer, and there are a lot of considerations that go into working at different scales. I put a good chunk of effort into this project, and I would have been wasting my time if I never actually got to try it on!


Aaron - 40westdesigns.com/blog

 
   
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