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love the halo 3 armor. You'll definitely get done by October at this rate
For now I've ordered this bodysuit for the techsuit and calling it a day. I have no sewing experience so creating my own was a bit more than I was willing to take on right now, and making it out of foam seemed like it would add too much thickness. I may revisit at some point, but this is an acceptable compromise for now. Originally I had intended on ordering from a company called SnakePitStudios, but apparently someone on their team passed away recently and they had to close down sadly. They had a really nice looking suit so it's a shame.I enjoy seeing the progress, if you don’t mind me asking, what’s your plans for the stomach area? I know that’s where we see the tech suit, I’m trying to find ideas I could use for myself
As a follow-up to that, I'm hoping to get a similar effect as Sierra720 hereFor now I've ordered this bodysuit for the techsuit and calling it a day. I have no sewing experience so creating my own was a bit more than I was willing to take on right now, and making it out of foam seemed like it would add too much thickness. I may revisit at some point, but this is an acceptable compromise for now. Originally I had intended on ordering from a company called SnakePitStudios, but apparently someone on their team passed away recently and they had to close down sadly. They had a really nice looking suit so it's a shame.
It's been so long since I've used rondo that I forgot how much it heats up. This is definitely good information to document for others to see in the future. As for if anyone else had significant set backs, I once warped my entire chest piece beyond repair. I knew that meant reprinting the largest part of my armor and I was so disheartened I decided to take a break. I didn't have a set deadline and was focusing on school at the time so that break ended up lasting about 6 months. The most important thing to remember is that all of this is for fun. There are going to be ups and downs, and it is perfectly fine to sit back and take a breather during the downs. That said, I think you have a really good plan for reprinting parts in order of most to least damaged. Glad to see you already back at it!So, major, MAJOR setback. The rondo was a massive failure and has effectively broken half the prints. Even after plenty of research on how hot these things get with their chemical reactions, it was apparently not enough and many pieces have melted to a point of not being salvageable. The boots, belt, shoulders, bicep pieces, all more or less warped to a point that I can't use them. Heat gun does seem to start to help reform them, but I'm not convinced there is enough to allow them to look normal and not malformed.
I'm not sure what to do at this point. Half of me wants to reprint and try again (without rondo this time), but my timeline really does not have the time built into it to allow for this significant of a setback. Another part of me just wants to scrap the entire idea because this is so frustrating. I know there are plenty of people that would carry on and trudge forward, but I already have enough stressors in my life I really don't want something that's supposed to be a fun hobby to be another. The only other option is to scrap the idea of being done by Halloween, but if I wait another entire year I may lose any and all motivation to finish it at all, another problem I have with starting projects and never finishing.
Dare I ask if anyone else has had to deal with significant setbacks like this and what you did? I know I'm not the first to deal with this, and I do feel like I'm just yelling into the wind and woe is me, but this really is disheartening for me. It may not be the most significant issue ever and maybe I can salvage more than I think, but it's such a blow to my motive I'll need time just to process and understand what needs to be redone. Maybe I'm being too much of a perfectionist, but if I'm going to spend the time and money I've already invested into this, I'm going to be damn sure it's as perfect as I can make it.
I appreciate anyone willing to read through my venting and frustration. Far from the kind of update I want to give but I do want to document my issues as well as my successes, and maybe this will help someone else. As a disclaimer, if you EVER see someone saying they plan to rondo their 3D printed suit, TELL THEM NO, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TRY THAT. IT CAN HAVE DISASTROUS EFFECTS.
Thanks for hearing me out. I'll come back to this when I have some idea of my plan moving forward.
If you ever want any settings I use feel free to DM me, I think I've got my slicer and print settings pretty well dialed in at this point. This is my first printer and first time printing out anything substantial so it's definitely been a learning experience.Heyyyy so cool !! Same printer I got, too! :3
Can't wait to see how it turns out! I'll be sure to watch the thread!
I'm curious now, what am I doing that is so different? Figured this was a pretty typical way of going about it given that I don't have a huge printer. If I could print the helmet in one piece I absolutely would, and after my setback I did consider buying a larger printer to get it reprinted faster, but ultimately decided against it since its use will be limited.Man your armor is looking great. I love your color scheme. I wish I could see your armor in person. You are printing it out so different than me but I love how light your armor is probably going to be.
Oh and just so you know, pla and pla+ is exceptionally easy to shape if you need to bend it around a bit to make it fit looser or tighter. I had to do it on my chest piece. Just dipped it some 190 degree Fahrenheit water for 10-30 seconds and presto you have a few seconds to shape that part to yoir liking before it cools. Might be even quicker with your set. I even did it after I painted it and it didn't harm the spray paint and varnish.
Ooooooooo the colors! :3Painting has begun on the parts that are ready for it, which at the moment are just the hands and some spoons for tests:
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That said, I'm pretty happy with the color selections. I tried a few different shades of blue, and I think this one gets closest to what I'm trying to replicate. I plan on doing some different areas than what's shown and possible in Halo 3, more mimicking the layout of paint from Halo 2, so I'll have this accent blue color in more areas. I'm also not doing blue on the helmet, but I'll be doing a stripe of this grey instead. One way I'll make this a bit more of my own.
Reprinting is underway, and so far I've had some decent success. The bicep and shoulder pieces are now a single piece each, which will reduce cleanup and seam work needed. Originally the shoulder piece was 6 individual pieces, so this was a big update that I wish I had had the knowhow to print well the first time. The belt is still multiple pieces but not much I could do about that. Helmet is being reprinted after realizing that the front had warped enough that the visor would likely not work, so I bit the bullet and recut the entire thing. It is not made of 5 pieces, rather than 8, again in an effort to reduce cleanup time. Seams are in more accessible spots to help with that, and overall I hope it's more sturdy. 3 of 5 pieces have been successfully reprinted, the other two should be done middle of the day tomorrow.
Most pieces have been rough sanded and are ready for first priming which I will also probably do this weekend. Last big hurdle is going to be reprinting the entire torso, which is by far the longest and largest pieces, totaling nearly two weeks of straight printing time. I've also recut these for more ease of cleanup and working, and so far I'm happy with the strategy I've had. I've also managed to design and print out pieces for a replica Halo 3 flag which I'm pretty stoked about. Once I have that actually assembled and finished I plan on sharing the files I've made. Nothing too complicated really, just some simple adornments to try and match the H3 design. I've gotten the custom flags delivered and will share once I get the wrinkles out.
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I do plan on adding fiberglass resin and cloth to some parts to add strength (mainly the torso and helmet), and have some faith in that method as I've seen others here use the same process. I'm not as worried about the heat produced because it will have the fiberglass cloth to help with structural issues (I hope). I'm also thinking that rondo simply gets hotter due to combining two different substances, rather than just the one resin with fiberglass. In any case I'm going to test it as strictly as possible before actually using it on the pieces as I've learned my lesson there.
Still not as far along as I had hoped I would be at this point, but as long as I keep my head down on being efficient with my time, I think I can get there. Strapping and the detail work is going to bite me in the ass I think as that's where I'm least comfortable, but I have a basic strategy that I hope will work. More on that when I get there.