It’s May the 4th, and around the world fans are embracing this amazing pun and celebrating 40 years of Star Wars. Here at Oracle Dyn, we are no different; Blue Milk and Jawa Juice will be flowing from the cocktail droids while we reminisce on all the great memories Star Wars has helped create.
Picture this: an 8 year old boy, sitting on the couch, hiding under a blanket yelling at this TV for Luke to run because he knew the Wampa was coming for him. At this point I had watched The Empire Strikes Back so many times, the VHS was becoming grainy, so I knew Luke would be okay. This, however, did not change the anxiety and excitement my younger self felt during that scene. That was my first Star Wars memory.
I always get a good laugh from people when I tell that story, not because it seems like something out of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but because most people have a similar story of their own.
When I first joined Oracle Dyn, I was worried that I would have to hide my love for Star Wars and conform to a corporate lifestyle.
Boy was I wrong. Culture is just as important to Oracle Dyn as work and I quickly realized I was surrounded by fellow nerds. A tour of the office will show no shortage of Star Wars merchandise as well as Marvel, DC, and even some Star Trek (traitors!)…
After a few months of working at Oracle Dyn, I decided to spin up the old replicator…wait wrong franchise. Let’s try this again. After a few months of working at Oracle Dyn I decided to spin up the 3D printer we have in the office. What was I going to do with it? Build Star Wars stuff of course! It was mid-August, the new trailer for Rogue One had just dropped and the hype was over 9000. In the trailer we got a sneak peak at the new Scarif Stormtrooper, better known as the Shoretrooper, and I wanted to take a stab at 3D printing their helmet.
No, not that Shoretrooper!
So how did I go about doing this?
The first thing I had to do was either create or find a model of the helmet used by the Star Wars team. Luckily I was able to reach out to a good friend who provided me with a model that was very similar to the one used by the Star Wars team.
However because the printer, a Folgertech FT-5, was too small, I would need the file split into separate parts. After reaching back out to my friend he split the helmet into 19 individual parts that would print and reassemble properly.
Piece by piece it started to come off the printer.
As each piece printed, in order to give it a super smooth surface, I layered them with Bondo and then sanded. This process was done until the part was very smooth.
Lots of Bondo (home workshop).
Once I had all the pieces printed out, Bondoed, smoothed, and put together, we were left with this:
I was now so close to being finished, what was left? Painting! After doing some reasearch I found the exact spray paint the Star Wars team used on the production version of helmet and ordered a few cans of that to wrap this project up.
Woo Paint! (All the way from Colorado).
After some painting, sanding, here was the final product:
Once everything was said and done, I had put about 125 hours into printing the helmet and another 20 hours in finishing it. Was it worth it? Heck yes! This was the first large project I had taken on with a 3D printer and I can’t tell how awesome it was that I got to do this at Oracle Dyn. The Shoretrooper helmet now sits on my desk and acts as a great conversation piece, but most importantly it looks awesome!
So from all of us here at Oracle Dyn, May the 4th be with you and remember, stay nerdy.
PS for anyone in the Oracle Dyn Manchester office: Feel free to swing by my desk and see the work of art!