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Incredibly Detailed 3D Printed AT-AT Strikes MyMiniFactory!

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It’s February. There’s snow on the ground. And if you haven’t been living in a cave, totally cutoff from all human contact like a wampa, you probably know what the number one movie in the land is… Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Naturally this leads one to think of a certain snowy ice planet, home to a secret rebel base… Hoth. And what comes to mind when one thinks about Hoth, besides the fact that Tauntauns smell worse on the inside than they do on the outside? AT-ATs, otherwise known as Imperial Walkers, trekking across the frozen plain while shooting down snow speeders as they advance on the hapless rebels.

Fortunately, for those of us with Imperial Walkers marching in our heads, MyMiniFactory’s got you covered. Kirby Downey, who has designed many cosplay and other popular designs for MyMiniFactory and was profiled by 3DPrint.com back in December, has created a real kick-ass cutaway AT-AT model. The model is at 1:75 scale and is highly detailed and fully articulated.

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As Downey states on his AT-AT model page, “This is latest model I have created. This detailed AT-AT from Star Wars has 15 points of articulation and showcases the interior of the machine. It consists of almost 70 parts and can be assembled without glue. The head and body had a M5 metal threaded rod for both alignment and strength.”

Printing time for all the pieces is around 65 hours and uses 560g of filament. The model stands 300mm tall when assembled and there is quite a bit of assembly involved, but for those with the time and commitment this looks to be a very rewarding project. All the model files are already laid out in the optimal orientation for printing and needs minimal support to print. Downey says he printed the models at 200 microns, but you can go lower if you desire higher detail. He printed the models in Formfutura Light Grey PLA. Downey plans on designing removable side panels for the model so you can use it as a complete model or cross section.

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If you can’t wait for Downey’s update and want a complete AT-AT model now, you can find  a few versions on Thingiverse by user TheHivesMind. These are very detailed models, but I didn’t see any builds yet. On the other hand, if you seek a motorized Imperial Walker that actually walks, that was previously covered here.

Downey’s AT-AT build is impressive. Most impressive. You can see more images and the assembly video below. All images (including those above) are by Cedric Tosoni.

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