Successful first collaboration with my six-year-old nephew Noah!
This past Christmas, he and his brothers received the Cheekymandos TechMech (among a couple other items), and as my sister tell me, he was totally blown away that designing and making custom toys was even an option (I received not one, but TWO separate thank-you notes from him). After a few conversations with her, I mentioned that I’d be more than happy to work with him on a project.
He jumped at the opportunity, drew up the plans, and assumed the mantle of Project Manager. After a few Skype meetings covering design feasibility, construction, color, and what was “kinda ruining the design,” The Space Porter was born!
0.0990″ OD x 3′ Long Steel Rod – McMaster 8893K136
3D Printer (or printing service)
Print out Parts
Files can be found on
Thingiverse, YouMagine, Cults3D, and MyMiniFactory.
4/11/2018 UPDATE: Consolidating the number of places hosting the files. More changes to come, but they’re still available for free.
Material: PLA for everything.
Infill: 15% to 20%
Brim: Only for SP-WindscreenA and SP-WindscreenB
Supports: Not necessary.
Press-fit SP-Front and SP-Rear together.
Cut Wing Pins
Using a dremel, cut two ~107mm long sections from the steel rod. Deburr and chamfer the edges.
Fit SP-LeftWing and SP-RightWing into the assembly and secure them by inserting the cut steel rods.
Fit SP-WindscreenA and SP-WindscreenB onto the pivot points of the assembly.
Noah really wanted flames coming out of the boosters, and while I originally wasn’t sure I could do that for him, I generally like to under-promise / over-deliver, and came up with a fun way to make it happen. Insert SP-Flame into the boosters of the assembly (x2).
Blast Off to Adventure!
Requested scale was for the Imaginext System action figures in case anyone is wondering.
Like what you see here? Follow me on Twitter @DragonMtnDesign, where I occasionally do things. I’ve got a couple projects I’ve teased there and haven’t quite completed, so be on the lookout for more coming soon.
Also, all Noah wanted was the files so he could print the parts out himself at his local library. I’ll share any photos and/or updates from his experience once he’s completed his own build.
03/04/18 UPDATE: My nephew Noah got his parts finished at his local library! They’re using an older Makerbot printer, so there was a lot more warping than desirable, which complicated assembly, but all in all, he was pretty stoked to get everything built.
On the interesting end of this experience, my dad has been talking about getting into 3D printing so he can print stuff for the boys. I look forward to seeing how that goes and helping him along if it happens.