This Mandalorian Fanart in the Little Big Planet style by Daniel Thredson Art is a fun print for all ages. Printing with an FDM printer and supports is simple and straightforward. The stylized design captures both the live action character as well as the cute feel of the game. The model is highly detailed and nicely textured. The artist provided cuts, keys and pegs are well done. However, I chose to make a few changes to assist my novice level painting skill. Overall, this is a fun and easy print you can keep or give away to your favorite fan(s).
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This stylized sculpture adds to Daniel Thredson Art’s growing collection of Little Big Planet fan art models. Also, past models include popular game and movie figures including Ezio, Kratos, Woody and Buzz. In addition to these five models, the TMNT turtles are also being worked on. Daniel Thredson Art has released several high-quality models. Therefore, why not check out his work and consider buying a few?
If you don’t know who The Mandalorian is, I can only assume you’ve been living at a moisture farm on Tatooine or deep underground in the Kessel Spice mines for the last year. So this little movie company called Disney launched their streaming service. The Mandalorian is the first original series that has been released. Certainly, every Star Wars fan I know is looking forward to additional seasons!
Little Big Planet is a game franchise that I’ve never played. I’ve only seen fun images and fanart creations like The Mandalorian. The game and fanart models seem like a great combination for kids and adults of all ages.
Mandalorian Fanart LBP Figure
This fanart was designed as a sizable 118mm x 104mm x 228mm figure. The model consists of cut and keyed parts for easier printing, painting and assembling. This Mandalorian Fanart figure includes a mere three parts. Here’s a list of the pieces as provided by the artist.
- Base – Oval with assembly pegs and decorative grooves
- Body – Includes the full body and cape with peg holes
- Head – Large LBP style with a small neck peg
NOTE: I customized my 3D files for multiple reasons. Keep reading for additional information below.
Mandalorian Printing Goals
Shortly after watching The Mandalorian and being asked to print this model as a team project, I started working on this figure. This model only contains three pieces. Usually, this would be an easy project. Yet after looking at the parts in Meshmixer and Cura, I knew I’d be making a few changes. The entire Invo3D team had been asked to print this model, before it was released to the public. As a result, this meant I had to push myself to modify and print quickly. Regardless of my deadlines or the reason for printing a particular model, I always have personal goals for a project. Here are this model’s goals:
- Complete prints – Success!
- Print model at the provided scale – Success!
- Create parts that need minimal post-printing processing – Acceptable results
- Slightly modify the model for more easier painting – Sucess!
- Share my insights and printer settings – Hopefully, someone enjoys my articles
Hardware, Software and Modifications
This Mandalorian Fanart project was printed on three different machines to meet my deadline. I used a modified Creality Ender 5, a Longer LK4 Pro and a Flashforge Finder. All three are using STOCK hotends, cooling and extruder setups. The individual pieces were sliced using Cura 4.4.1 and FlashPrint 4.1.0. Similar profiles were used for all three machines, using the same layer height and overall speeds.
AutoCAD’s MeshMixer was used to separate the cape from the body and create a new neck peg setup. The model was acceptable as designed; however, I wanted to make some improvements for my print.
Most of the cape was cut off of the body to allow for easier painting of the rear of the body and the cape’s interior. Simple Plane Cut and Separate Shells processes were performed in Meshmixer to create these new parts.
The designed neck joint was a bit small and off centred for my liking, I may find or print a spring and convert this figure into a bobble-head, in the future. To achieve this, the existing neck and peg were removed using a Primitive Cylinder and Boolean Difference. Then three copies of a new connecting peg were created. Two pegs were used to cut cylindrical holes into the body and head, using Boolean Difference again. The third cylinder was Transformed and scaled-down slightly to ensure a loose yet snug fit. Finally, the customized Body, Cape, Head and Peg were Exported as new STL files ready for printing. No other design changes were made.
For this Mandalorian Fanart project, I used just two different filament types.
- Black PLA: SunLu @ 200° C – Body, Cape & Base – Used filament that was purchased on sale
- Black PLA+: SunLu @ 215° C – Head – Used filament to finish a nearly empty spool
I have used SunLu PLA and PLA+ for other projects and had good results every time. All three printers have extraction set around 7.5mm at 25mm/s for minimal stringing with my Bowden tubes.
Slicing, Printing and Scaling
Now for the good stuff you were looking for, my experiences and tips for printing the Mandalorian Fanart figure from Daniel Thredson Art. As I mentioned above, I used version Cura and Flashprint as my slicers. I have re-sliced all the parts so I can show you the previews. I continue to tweak my printer profiles and spend way to much time orientating the prints and studying the gcode previews. Hopefully, my time and experiments will help you print this and other figures neatly.
Mandalorian Fanart Printing Details
For this project, all parts were printed with 0.20 Layer heights and moderate overall speeds to meet my deadline. The quality is lower than my figures printed with 0.12 (or smaller) layers. However, for the scale and theme of this project, the quality is acceptable.
- The Mandalorian Base did fit flat on all my printer’s bed. My first attempt at printing the base was flat on the bed using standard supports. Although the print was successful, the amount of support scarring is excessive and will require a lot of sanding. For my second attempt, I turned the base upon its edge with the front pointing up. This time I used my Flashforge Finder and Flashprint’s tree supports. I added a few extra limbs to ensure the part would not fall over. The print came out nicely and required minimal sanding on the rear of the base.
- My custom cut-off Cape was printed on my Ender 5 using Cura, a raft and standard support. The bottom of the cape is floating above the print surface. Three additional custom support cubes were added to prevent the cape from tipping over or wobbling. The only support scars were on the very bottom.
- The customized Body was also printed on the Ender 5 using Cura, a skirt and tree supports. The only support scars were between the figure’s legs and a little on the fingertips.
- The customized Helmet was printed floating on my Longer LK4 Pro (which is very similar to an Ender3 and Prusa). Once again Cura was used with a skirt, tree support and a custom support block. The only scarring was a big patch on the back of the head. These scars require the most sanding for this project.
- The custom neck Peg was printed using Cura and a skirt. Nothing fancy. It’s just a 19x58mm cylinder.
Overall, the pieces printed quite well. Other than re-printing the base, I had no problems with any of the parts.
Here are some quick slicing settings used while printing the Mandalorian Fanart figure:
- 0.2 Layer Height – All parts – All printers;
- 3-4 Walls; 5-6 Top & Bottom Layers;
- 5-25% ZigZag Infill – Base and Body used 25% for extra weight to offset giant head
- 60.0 mm/s overall speed; Infill and Inner walls at 30; Outer walls at 15 mm/s; First layer, Skirt and Raft and Brim at 30 mm/s; Supports at 30 mm/s;
- Supports everywhere; 65° Overhang; 0.20 Z Distance & 0.8 XY Distance; Tree Supports with 60° Branch Angle and 1 Wall; Custom support blocks as noted above.
NOTE: I will be reprinting the Helmet with my normal 0.12 layer profile. I’m not sure if my printer needs maintenance or if my lower quality 0.20 layer profile is not suitable for this iconic head piece.
Mandalorian 3D Printed Eye Candy
Here are my printed parts of Mandalorian Fanart with the supports removed and zero or minimal sanding done. Meanwhile, the final painting will take longer. I intend to use multiple finish techniques. This will include spray painting, airbrushing (brand new to me), buff-n-rub (also new to me) and some brush painting. Enjoy my pictures and hopefully your printed figure.
UPDATE: Here is my printed Figure. I did not receive my airbrush in time and skipped the Rub-n-Buff treatment this time. Instead I used spray paint cans, liquid masking, silly putty and painter’s tape.
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Do you like games? then why not check out the game little big planet.