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Build the Robots, that build the robots!

8 12 years ago
3D printed Toy Soldier

Build The Robots. It’s something we’ve been saying for years since Dr. Steel released that song. Robots to help take over the world and create a Utopian Playland.

Time has now come for us to manifest our dreams into a reality. Or should we say, PRINT our dreams into reality? Thanks to TheAtomicSoul we now have both Toy Soldiers and Robots that can be printed on a 3D Printer.








The 3D designs for the Robot and Toy Soldier are freely available on the Thingiverse website, which hosts hundreds of thousands of downloadable and printable items.

It wasn’t long before the first Toy Soldier was printed off by Dark with the help of his friend ER3 Designs, and showed it to the rest of us.

Already adjustments are being made to the models to increase details on the final print. We’re eagerly awaiting for a completed Robot to be constructed.

There are also suggestions being flown about of expanding the merchandise at the Toy Soldier shop.

Great thanks to TheAtomicSoul and Dark for their brilliant work. Follow developments of 3D printed objects in the thread here.

And if you want to find out more about 3D printing check out The RepRap Project


  1. Captain Zounds

    Those are awesome! Perhaps we could makes toys of them to brainwash children?

  2. Caspar Byron
  3. Sgt. Dutch

    depends on the plastic supplier. I’d say maybe $3 a pop? That’s including time for the person to monitor the print job, considering like a normal printer it might turnip without warning, and then you’ve got plastic wasted (till i’ve completed work on the recyclerbot)
    Probably about $8 a pop for the robots, considering the assembly time and all the bits. Course, if we had a load of toy soldiers manufacting that’s another matte.

    I’ve been looking at the making a small conveyor belt build bed like they have on the thingomatic for Makerbot which’ll spit out thprint as soon as it’s finished and get started on the next so you can keep on printing so long as you have plastic.

  4. The Sky Marshal, YJ

    How much do one of these cost to print? I’m thinking they might be cool prop to hand out if they aren’t too pricey.

  5. The Sky Marshal, YJ

    Miniature statues of Dr. Steel (for the Steel Preservation Society) would also be nice.

  6. The Sky Marshal, YJ
  7. Jeff perryman

    There is a STL file of the bots head here:

    There is also a .3ds of the Docs head as well as a .Max file of the full bot I did awhile back.
    Let me know if you need any tweaks.

  8. Darklight Soldier Tray

    My O My how I would love to have one of each add a little paint and tada!

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