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Dalek Transformer

by Ellindsey Oct 12, 2013
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I'm wondering if you are still active on Thingiverse... I love your work, and appreciate the level of detail that a hardcore Whovian like myself would appreciate.

I'm barely active these days, on account of work taking most of my free time these days and not leaving me as much time to do stuff on Thingiverse. But I'm glad you like my work.

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love this model!!! assembling now one thing i really want is for the legs and arms to have indention and the little domes be glued in so that it would look super real with contrasting colors. up for it?

I'm working (slowly) on a revamp of the entire design. I'll look at making an option to have the domes separate snap-in pieces so they can be colored differently when I do.

Hey, is there any way I could get one made? I would love to have one for my mom, shes a HUGE fan of doctor who and transformers, I dont have enough money a 3d printer though. Thanks for reading.

wow that would be amazing... well i look forward to printing that very much and ill post pics of this build as well... i love both the dr who tranformers you made they are the top 2 favorite prints ever!keep it up

Ok, I've printed out about half the pieces and I'm onto assembling the legs. Um, the cyanoacrylate doesn't even pretend to glue PLA together. So I'm now waiting on another round of glue (acrylic adhesive) before I can continue. Other than that, I'm in love with this project.

I wondered what was inside of a Dalek!

can you put the pieces in plates, I dont want to download all the pieces

hit the download all button and just unzip it

This is unbelievably cool. I don't have a printer yet but I'm going to have to try making this when i learn how to use what I've got coming.


This thing bleeds awesome!

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magnificent work! :)

Thanks! I used your Dalek model as a base, although I redrew every part of it from basic geometric primitives in the process of making my design.

So goooooood!

I'm sitting here shaking my head at the thought of how much time it must take to dial in these transformer designs. Thanks for the hard work :)

Yep. About a month of weekends and evenings, including one entire week I had off work (involuntarily due to furloughs) during which I did almost nothing other than design this thing. And I think I threw out enough failed parts to make at least two more of these before getting the design just right.

That is an impressively low failure rate! I go through way more iterations on my designs and they aren't nearly as complicated. My hat is off to you sir.

"Dalek Mutant" is actually called a Kaled I believe.

Yeah, I know. Didn't bother to label it that for this as I was most of the way through the design before I realized that, and didn't bother to go back and change the names of the files.

Saw the writeup on this the other day. You have done an amazing job. Thank you so much for releasing this into the wild.

Thanks! It's a challenging piece to print and assemble, so I'm actually a bit worried about how well and if anyone's even going to be able to make their own. I tied to spell out all the difficult bits in the assembly diagram, but it's still going to be a challenging model to assemble.

Holy Mackerel! This is freaking awesome! Warming up my printer right now!

The longest dimension I can find on any one piece is about 100mm, so you should be able to print everything on a machine with a 120mm bed. There are just a lot of pieces to print, and a few of them need support.

Thanks for checking that out! It is much appreciated for those of us with smaller bots. Are you planning a simpler version like you did for the Tardis?

Not sure yet. Part of the reason I made a simpler version of the Tardis was because the first one was mechanically terrible, easy to break, incapable of standing unsupported, and not holding together well in Tardis mode. This Dalek is large and complicated, but mechanically it came out very nicely. It stands unsupported very well, the joints are tight enough for it to hold a pose, and it holds together very well in Dalek mode. Even though it's large and complicated to make, I'm really happy with the mechanical design. I might revisit it at some point in the future to make a simpler, smaller version, but I have a few other design projects I have to tackle first.