1st Build My custom 3D printed halo reach armor build journey (So Far)

Samuelskinny

New Member
I am following this with great interest! I just bought my first 3d printer and I am looking to do exactly what you are doing here. In my profile is the Pic of the spartan I am going for. Right no I am getting used to a 3d printer so I'm doing many test prints of small things off thingiverse so I can get a feel for different settings and I'm narrowing in on what feels good to me.

I was going to purchase the noble 6 base suit off of nerdforgedesigns off of etsy but I was wondering how much scaling you had to do to get your armor to fit properly from his original designs? I'm 6'4" so that first oversized chest piece interested me and I was wondering was that the original design and size when you downloaded the files?
 

tvanhelene

Jr Member
I am following this with great interest! I just bought my first 3d printer and I am looking to do exactly what you are doing here. In my profile is the Pic of the spartan I am going for. Right no I am getting used to a 3d printer so I'm doing many test prints of small things off thingiverse so I can get a feel for different settings and I'm narrowing in on what feels good to me.

I was going to purchase the noble 6 base suit off of nerdforgedesigns off of etsy but I was wondering how much scaling you had to do to get your armor to fit properly from his original designs? I'm 6'4" so that first oversized chest piece interested me and I was wondering was that the original design and size when you downloaded the files?
Hey, It's great to see someone starting to do a similar build to mine, and 3D printing is a fantastic hobby to get into! Ive been finishing 3D prints for years now, and 3d printing for even longer, but this is by far the biggest project Ive ever done, and if I can help someone else with the things Ive learned along the way then that's great.

What kind of printer do you have? By the end of this project, I had 3 3d printers, however for a lot of the printing in the beginning and middle i had only 1 or 2. I would say at least 1 large format printer is a must-have if you want to tackle a project like this. The less you have to slice up your prints, the better. That being said, it still took me months to print everything, and I made plenty of mistakes in the beginning.

Scaling the armor was probably the hardest thing I had to do when the project first started. I got tools like Armorsmith designer to help me out, but as you saw earlier in my posts I still messed up the chest. You being so tall, and depending on how you're shaped (I'm 6' 0", athletic build), you will have scaling in your future on the armor. Armorsmith is a good resource to get a general sense of the scale but is NOT a perfect representation of your body and just because it looks right on there doesn't mean it will look good IRL. I wasted over a week of printing and over $100 of filament on printing that first chest piece. Thankfully my good friend MarineSniper bought the large chest off me at cost for his reach armor.
I guess I got lucky with the scaling, because after the chest disaster, I started to print things at 100% (the first chest was printed at 110%), and they fit mostly great! The only thing I had to alter was the calves (I shrunk down the upper calf "circular part" in Autodesk Maya as at 100% it was much too big for me. I also had to print the forearms at a larger scale.
A method I've been using to test the scale of parts is cutting out slices of different parts of an armor piece and printing just those small slices, to see if the armor would fit at those sliced positions. The armor set you will be buying also comes with a few "sizing versions" of the armor pieces, which are just the inner shells of the armor so you can print them out and get a sense of the fit.

Be careful with NerdForgeDesigns though. I found him first on a site called CG trader, and bought the armor set there. It was advertised as having more than it actually had. The versions of the chestpiece that have holes cut out in them for lights was not included, just the normal armor set. I ended up altering the files to make my own holes for lights. Idk if the listing on etsy has the versions with the holes, but if it doesn't and you want that version, hmu and I can send you the OBJ of my altered chestpieces. The shoulder gaskets Ive 3d modeled I would think you should also use, so HMU with you want that file as well. It will only fit with the chestpiece that we are using.
 
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