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Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:31 pm Reply with quote

Hello everyone, as the title states this is a 3d print build of the classic Robocop suit. I've primarily been into building Ghostbusters props over on GBFans.com throughout the years.


After building a few proton packs and getting somewhat decent at it, I thought I would take on the venture of finally being able to put together a moderately decent Robocop suit. I bought a Hansing suit years ago and was pretty disappointed with it in terms of quality and ended up selling it. Since it's probably the closest thing out there in terms of a Robocop suit that somewhat looks the part I did regret selling it and thought I would probably never be able to own one again. Those suits have become more scarce and scarce throughout the years and when someone does pop up with one they want to sell it near 5 grand. With 3D printing becoming more viable I should be able to assemble this suit at a small fraction of that cost but it will definitely require a lot more shoulder work.

With that aside DO3D has finally taken on the challenge of doing a classic Robocop suit.


I recently got their 3D files and decided to take on the adventure of printing it and putting it together. The suit is not completely movie accurate but they did do a great job for a first attempt and when done will look pretty close to the real deal. It's going to be a fantastic base to work with and add in the details I desire. I'm confident in the end it will be a great looking Robocop suit.

I've been kind of lurking over on RPF and watching TKCC71's Mark 46 Iron Man build http://www.therpf.com/showthread.php?t=258016 with DO3D files and that has been a huge inspiration on taking on this endeavor. He's done an amazing job and I can't believe how amazing that suit is coming out. So I have to give thanks because I probably would not have attempted this if I hadn't seen his build.

A lot of the pieces are going to have to be sliced to make them printable but Netfabb does a great and easy job in that area so it shouldn't be a problem. I don't plan on selling these or making molds at this point. I will probably just fiberglass the pieces I clean up, print and put together. It's going to be an adventure in itself just trying to figure out how to get these pieces placed on the print bed the proper way so they will print out half way decent.


I'm going to be printing with Simplify3D with PLA probably around .1700mm layer height. Here's a sneak peak of a chest piece done in ABS.

This is was just a test piece to see the quality of the files. So far so good, I think it came out great. I'll be doing the rest of the suit in PLA because it's far less finnicky and easier to print with. This is probably going to be a long project but I'll try to update regularly on my progress.




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Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:34 pm Reply with quote

What model of printer are you using?
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Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:37 pm Reply with quote

QIDI 3D Printer it's a Makerbot clone but it's a pretty good printer and runs smooth.



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Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:05 pm Reply with quote

Ambitious effort to make for sure, will enjoy seeing this as it progresses through.
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Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:49 pm Reply with quote

Thank you. As soon as my material comes in this week I plan to start hitting it hard and hopefully post some good progress results.



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Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:56 pm Reply with quote

So far so good. I like seeing Robofans think outside the box and find creative solutions to getting a suit. A couple years ago there were very few options but not that technology has evolved so much you can literally print out a Robo suit, which I find to be pretty awesome. Looking forward to seeing the finished product, good luck getting there.
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Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:48 pm Reply with quote

Wow, that looks cool! Looking foward for more pics.



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Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2016 1:06 am Reply with quote

Very impressive job Shocked
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Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:04 am Reply with quote

I don't want to be a "party-pooper" on this project... but just an opinion on getting 3D files online; not the best ACCURATE source to make this project. They are taking the files based from the PEPAKURA fiels, which are WAAAAY off from accurate.

My opinion is to actually 3D SCAN of an actual suit (by piece), and go from there. I believe that by doing that, it will fix the Hansing suit, and be able to fix EASILY the mistakes made before, including concentrating on the details even better than sculpting and / or reshaping them.

Just my 2 cents.

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Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:49 pm Reply with quote

Thank you guys for the comments, I'm really excited to work on this and hope it's something I could complete in due time.

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I don't want to be a "party-pooper" on this project... but just an opinion on getting 3D files online; not the best ACCURATE source to make this project. They are taking the files based from the PEPAKURA fiels, which are WAAAAY off from accurate.

My opinion is to actually 3D SCAN of an actual suit (by piece), and go from there. I believe that by doing that, it will fix the Hansing suit, and be able to fix EASILY the mistakes made before, including concentrating on the details even better than sculpting and / or reshaping them.

Just my 2 cents.

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That would be a great idea if those actual resources were available, but unfortunately they are not. All that is available at this point in all actuality is pretty much.....nothing. This project is just a fun personal project and is something I won't even be making molds of. I owned a Hansing suit and that was also very far from accurate but when fixed up a little and with a nice paint job even with the shoddy details it still somewhat looked like a Robocop suit. So although this 3d model is far from perfect in which I agree it really is the only alternative for the moment and will look far better then a Hansing suit when finished.

Here is picture of a printed foot before clean up. This is another test piece printed with cheap filament. I'll be reprinting with better quality filament when it comes in. I think is came out pretty good, the details are crisp.





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Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:19 pm Reply with quote

Oh, looks nice!



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Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:59 pm Reply with quote

Wow, that's so cool. Those feet look fantastic!
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Posted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:11 pm Reply with quote

That looks AMAZING!

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That would be a great idea if those actual resources were available, but unfortunately they are not. All that is available at this point in all actuality is pretty much.....nothing. This project is just a fun personal project and is something I won't even be making molds of. I owned a Hansing suit and that was also very far from accurate but when fixed up a little and with a nice paint job even with the shoddy details it still somewhat looked like a Robocop suit. So although this 3d model is far from perfect in which I agree it really is the only alternative for the moment and will look far better then a Hansing suit when finished.

Totally agree with you as well.
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Posted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 6:42 pm Reply with quote

Thanks for the comments guys!

Here is the foot re-worked a tid bit. I was really testing the waters with this piece, just trying to figure out what method I'm going to use to get the parts somewhat smooth and how well I could work with the PLA to fix slight inaccuracies. I wasn't going for perfection since I'm going to reprint it but with the amount of work I put into the piece, it still came out pretty good.






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