Here at the studio we got a 3d printer from LulzBot. And what a joy!

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I wanted to 3d model and print some tokens for Star Wars Destiny. I started by modeling the crates, based on the 3D version of the Rebels TV show.

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The model is very simple, basically a mesh with a stack of five Mirror modifiers. I decided on 13mm as the final size of the model. This is as big as the yellow limit of the original token. Since this is really small for this printer, I had to collapse the edges in the middle.

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Final tuning of geometry

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Original token as reference, and first line of printing

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Straight from the oven, get while it is (230°C hot)

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Voilá! Now we only need some papersanding and we are good to go.

That was a good start. But what about the helmets (as known as shield tokens)? This is a bit more tricky. It been awhile since I last did some serious modelling. My topology skills are so rusty it hurts 🙂

I started by gathering references online, and for my surprise I got a nice set of photos.

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The original token from the game is based on the Boba Fett helmet. I like that one, but I wanted to model the new trooper helmet instead (the one Finn uses). It was a bit tricky to align, scale and rotate the images for the reference, but I’m really glad I found those.

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Initial modelling

I once again had to collapse the edges for the final geometry. And true be told, I wasn’t happy with the final exported STL. So I ended up triangulating the model in Blender and doing some extra tweaking.

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I wasn’t happy with the “top” view as well, so I made a mix of the new helmet with the classic more “bulgy” helmets for the back part.

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If Yoda knew you could just print them 🙂

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Clone Wars !!!

I messed up the topology a bit, so I had to sand paper a lot. I left them printing overnight so it wasn’t like I could print one, check, fix, and print the rest. Anyways, mission accomplished!

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The force is strong with this one.

Tips:

  • Before even start to model, change your scene units to “Milimeters”.
  • When exporting the STL file, remember to check “Selection Only” and “Scene Unit”.

Downloads:

Acknowledgments:

Big thanks for Andy Goralczyk for overlooking the crate production and sharing years of experiences with me. Thank you buddy!

And of course, thanks for Lulzbot for the excellent print 🙂

One Thought on “3D Printing Debut – Star Wars Destiny Tokens

  1. Daniel on January 24, 2017 at 7:31 am said:

    Excelent work! Thanks

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