Superhero Minifigs! Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor Now Available in 3D Printed Lego Form
I currently have a two year old son, a little boy who loves to get dirty, play with toy cars and jump into puddles. He also loves his building blocks, but unfortunately for me he still remains too young to play with Legos. When I learned that my wife was pregnant with our little guy, the first thing I said to her was, “I can’t wait to play baseball with him and show him the ins and outs of constructing Lego creations.
Did you know that Legos have been around since the late 1940s? However, it wasn’t until the late 70s that the company released their modern day minifigures. Over the years, they have evolved, and since their initial release, there have been over 3650 different official minifigs sold. While this seems like a lot, and you would imagine that this would cover just about every possibility out there, for on Minnesota-born tinkerer, named Joe Estrem, this simply was not enough.
Having received his first 3D printer, an XYZ Davinci a little over a month ago, he began looking for designs that he could begin test printing. He came across one design by a man named Michael Curry, on Thingiverse for a Blank 3D Printable Minifig.
“[I] couldn’t resist printing one,” Estrem tells 3DPrint.com. “Since I was looking for additional Lego figures without much luck, I decided it was a good place to start learning to create my own designs, using Blender.”
Using Curry’s design, Estrem was able to create new figures without having to “reinvent the wheel”.
“This way I could also create something in smaller chunks so I didn’t feel overwhelmed with spending countless hours trying to learn Blender to create something that was ‘hopefully’ printable,” Estrem tells us.
So far Estrem has created three different superhero-themed minifigs; Lego Thor, Lego Iron Man, and Lego Captain America. All of the designs are entirely 3D printed with very minimal sanding required prior to being painted with acrylic paints and then seal coated.
Estrem tells us that he next plans to create an Incredible Hulk version, prior to moving on to creating movie prop replicas.
I certainly know that the first minfigs that I introduce my son too, when he is old enough, will be ones that I 3D print on my own! What do you think about these uniquely designed Lego Minifigs? Have you 3D printed any of them yet yourself? Discuss in the Lego Superhero MiniFigs forum thread on 3DPB.com.
You May Also Like
Interview with Scott Sevcik, VP Aerospace Stratasys, on 3D Printing for Aviation and Space
Out of all the possible industries that are deploying more 3D printers, aerospace is probably the most exciting. By reducing the weight of aircraft components, by iterating more, by integrating...
Researchers Use Autodesk Ember 3D Printer to Characterize 3D Printed Lenses
In the recently published ‘Characterization of 3D printed lenses and diffraction gratings made by DLP additive manufacturing,’ international researchers studied digital fabrication of optical parts using DLP 3D printing. Examining...
3D Printing in Dental Prosthetics: The Effects of Parameters on Fit & Gap
In the recently published ‘Effects of Printing Parameters on the Fit of Implant-Supported 3D Printing Resin Prosthetics,” authors Gang-Seok Park, Seong-Kyun Kim, Seong-Joo Heo, Jai-Young Koak, and Deog-Gyu Seo delve...
Longer3D Launches the Orange 10, Affordable SLA 3D Printer
3D printer manufacturer Longer3D has launched a highly competitive resin printer, the Longer Orange 10, an affordable SLA 3D printer with performance and specs that position it competitively in its...
View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.