It is Friday once again and Christmas too! Welcome to this edition of “3D Print Friday!” Last week saw the release of the seventh installment of the Star Wars series, and this week we bring you the “Wearable Episode VII Storm Trooper Helmet,” designed by Geoffro.
3D Printed Storm Trooper Helmet Design
Geoffro’s 3D Printed Storm Trooper Helmet has been designed using Blender and consists of 22 parts in total. The parts are printed individually then assembled using super glue. The helmet has been designed almost identical to the one used in the movie. The print requires some post-processing in order to join the parts together as well as painting.
3D Printed Storm Trooper Helmet Trivia
The original Storm Trooper Helmet was conceived by Ralph McQuarrie in 1975 and was fabricated by Shepperton Studio based out of England. Ralph McQuarrie also designed many other famous Star War characters including Darth Vader, R2-D2 and C-3PO. The original helmets were made out of vacuum formed plastic using either HDPE or ABS.
The original helmet had holes near the chin attachment for a breathing apparatus. The trooper’s armor has been redesigned for the latest installment of the Star Wars movies. As it is set many years after the original films.
The latest installment has two other variations of storm troopers: the Flametroopers and the Snowtroopers. Both the variations have re-adapted versions of the classic storm trooper helmet with a slit in lieu of a visor which gives these Storm Troopers a more aggressive look.
3D Printing Storm Trooper Helmet
Certain parts of the helmet require support material when printing. Also, some parts should be sanded to achieve the required shine. ABS filament is recommended for printing this model with an infill of 5%. This will maintain the sturdiness of the helmet. Print this model to deck yourself out as a Stormtrooper. Happy Printing!