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Nova Helmet

by Nekkus Feb 18, 2016
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Any chance you have the star and helmet as separate files? :)
I've been trying to separate them but it hasn't been going so well lol

Thank you so much for this model! One of my friends wanted to make his own Nova helmet but wanted me to print the star so I cut away the helmet to keep just the star... I posted it on thingiverse as a "remix" of your work. I hope that s ok. If not I can take it down.
Thanks again for this fantastic model!

Glad you liked it and it was helpful. Your remix looks great, good job!

Hi there. So I was wondering since you did such a great job with this Nova Helmet if you'd be so inclined to making a version of the Sam Alexander Nova Helmet. Been trying to make my own for a cosplay but nothing has looked right so far.

Sorry, you're on your own. :(
I'm all booked out with other projects my daughters want.

How did you guys print this so well I had one printing and the star came out very bad

Awesome job! Can't wait to make this. Your daughter looks to be extremely happy and excited to cosplay nova. Good job!

I'm currently in the process of printing one now. Instead of vertically slicing it, what I did was rotate in sideways and measured my own head. Used a mm to inches guide, and enlarged the print. I'm still waiting to see if it is going to fit my noggin, but from what I can see on my printer, it looks to be huge enough to fit over my melon. Only thing I forgot to do on my CR-10, was to "lay it flat" before I began the print, this wasted a lot of material. Was my first print on my new CR-10 (other than that cat thing the printer came with), and I am extremely pleased with the printer AND Nekkus' Nova Helmet file!!! Thanks Nekkus, the file is AWESOME!!!

You're welcome, glad you like it :)

I've made some progress on it. Cut off the star because it didn't totally print. Re-printed star in a transparent red. I'm currently smooing the helmet out with bondo and a lot of sanding, then I'll attach the new star. I can't say thank you enough for this file, I've ALWAYS wanted a Nova helmet. Always loved that character...probably because he is Marvel's Green Lantern, and I'm a big GL fan too. I bought Nova #1, years and years ago (still have it), so this was just perfect!!

Thanks for this Nekkus. I am attempting to learn some Blender-foo with this and am trying to isolate the star from the rest of the helmet. May I ask what program(s) you used to create this?

I used 3DS Max

Were you able to separate the parts? Could you post?

I will post the model I have, yes. It is JUST for the star so far, but might as well put it out there. The original author might be much better at separating the star from the helmet, but I might as well throw my hat in the ring :)

Here you go:


Remember, WORK IN PROGRESS! :)

Nova Helmet (Star Only) Extracted

Hi, How did you print it ?

With supports, or did you cut the model into several parts ?

I sliced the 3D model once horizontally using "netfabb Basic" so that I had two parts. 1) the dome with the tip of the star 2) the remaining majority of the helmet. That way I could minimize the height of the supports for the top of the dome. The only other part requiring supports was the sides of the star above the eyes. Essentially I scalped the helmet, printed the dome, then inverted the remaining part of the helmet so it printed upside down.

My daughter's head is pretty small, so I was able to fit it on the printer with minimal cuts. I imagine for a teen's head or adult it'll need to be sliced vertically at least one more time. A trick that worked for me to size it was to make a really thin slice, print the ring it created and try it on my daughter's head. It printed pretty quick and didn't require much in terms of materials, much better to get that right before you print a large section.

If you do end up cutting the helmet vertically and plan to print the piece standing up, I would recommend you use a raft to keep it from falling over. I've been printing some mandalorian armor for my sister-inlaw and found this trick cuts down print time/materials pretty well. Here is a link if you don't know about rafts: https://www.simplify3d.com/support/articles/rafts-skirts-and-brims/

This looks fantastic! and your daughter is adorable! I am glad to see you and her sharing a passion (:

Will this fit a normal adults noodle, or is this kid size?

It really depends on the head, the default size for the model is about 20 cm deep and 15 cm wide. When I made if for my daughter I attempted to measure her head. A squirmy 6 year old is difficult to measure, so I used netfabb Basic to slice a 2-3 mm cross section. I then printed that small section to the size I thought would fit her. I then slid it over her head, first attempt was too big so I shrunk it down. If you are going for a custom fit for an adult head, I think this approach would work well.

Thank you! It looks awesome by the way!