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Voyagers Omni!

by Imirnman Aug 24, 2014
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Awesome job! I was going to model one up myself but yours is fantastic! Thank you!

i remember that show as a child also loved it

Have wanted one of these for a very long time, so thanks to Imirnman for making such a great looking piece! Recently printed all the parts for this on an UltiMaker 3 and they came out great! Well, except for the rings, but I sent those off to Shapeways as suggested here in the comments, printed them in the frosted ultra and they just arrived. All looks amazing and just did a test fit. I needed to do a little sanding to make things fit smoothly, but nothing too out of the ordinary. Next step is clean-up sanding, then painting and assembly. Unfortunately, the electronics is out of my ability-range, but it's ok. I'll post photos when finished.

i dont have a 3d printer yet , but i am willing to pay for kit parts---bob

Wow!! Thank you for this.
This is my life time favorite movie gadget.


Very excited about making one of these. I tried to set up an order on shapeways to print the dials, but their checking process gave me a warning about the walls of the dials being too thin for any of the materials. Do you have any advice?

I printed the dials through shapeways using their "Frosted Ultra Detail" print material and they came out great. I painted them with metalic brass paint then very carefully brushed black shoe polish into the numerals and wiped the excess away with Isopropyl alcohol. It is a bit tricky to wipe the polish away and not take off all the paint. I needed to retouch the paint a bit when I was done with the shoe polish. You can thin the shoe polish a little with the alchol as well to help get it into the details.

Imirnman doesn't seem to post here anymore, but I did an Omni last year and know what you are talking about. Shapeways does still have the material but they have changed the name. When you upload a part you can select the material... you would choose "Smooth Fine Detail" and get the same stuff I did. It printed really cleanly, and the imprints are plainly visible.

The problem with the rings is just like you said. I had to fix the errors on the rings to get them to upload and print right, but it is possible and worth the effort for the clarity you get on the rings. I did try on my printer, and the quality of the rings isn't really good enough. I highly recommend that you use Shapeways if you really want a nice looking model. Good luck!

I've tried to get shapeways to print the rings and they won't seem to at all with any material. I did notice for some reason each ring was showing up as two objects instead of one and the Frosted Ultra Detail material is no longer available. So I'm gonna try printing them on my printer and see what I can come up with. Wish me luck :) Alternately do you have any other ideas for getting the rings printed? Perhaps you could make just flat un-marked rings and a sticker could be applied?

LOL Zanahade! Of course I remember. It was one of my favorite shows growing up. It took me over 30 years to get my hands on an Omni and I had to build it myself but I finally have one thanks to 21st century technology! How about Ark II...do you remember that one as well? If not you should look it up.

Thank the gods! Some one else remembers!

I have never heard of this show, but I will give it a watch, because of this awesome looking model. I can't not print this, very interesting looking piece.

It was a great show. A bit cheesy by today's standards but well worth checking out. The Omni is one of those things that the 15 year old me wanted to own so desperately and 47 year old me finally made it happen!