Design of the Week: Star Wars VII Storm Trooper Helmet

By on December 13th, 2015 in Design


This week’s selection is the FULLY WEARABLE Star Wars VII Storm Trooper Helmet by MyMiniFactory contributor Lloyd Roberts. 

Inevitably, our selection had to have something to do with Star Wars VII, which just happens to premiere this week at theaters across our planet. But this 3D model is not only event-appropriate, but is also a challenging item to 3D print and assemble. 

Here we see the completed 3D model being worn, as you might want to be seen this week. 

The file is available at no charge for download at MyMiniFactory, a site that’s rapidly becoming known for its growing set of high-quality 3D models. In fact, the Helmet is a combination of 11 STL files comprising 12 objects that are printed separately and assembled thereafter, one of which is shown above. The Helmet pieces are sized for printing on a Replicator, which means they’re likely going to fit on any 3D printer other than very small volume machines. 

Painting the assembled model requires some masking, as seen here. 

Roberts explains the origin story of this 3D model: 

The helmet is part of a larger project to build an entire custom suit for U.S based tech Youtuber Barnacules Nerdgasm. The aim was to design the first ever fully wearble 3D printed Storm trooper suit for the new upcoming Movie: The Force Awakens. The entire suite was modelled around a 3D scan of Barnacules’s body, tailored to fit him. I designed the suit here in London, whilst it was then 3D printed by Barnacules in his makerspace in America.

Even better, a video explains the process of developing this suit, including the helmet:

Be warned, however: this project will take quite a bit of printing and it’s possible you may not be able to get it completed in time for the movie premiere later this week. Get started now!

Via MyMiniFactory

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!