MAV3RICK – Modular Armoured Vehicle 3D pRIntable Customizable Kit – is a 28mm scale sci-fi tank design that you can print at home on a 3D printer. It is intended for wargamers, modellers, collectors and 3D printing enthusiasts.
The model is ready to roll-out, however I need to test it to be sure that you will not come across any problems, when you come to print it yourself. That's why I need your help Kickstarters - to raise funds for printing and testing the design. Help MAV3RICK make the transition from the digital to the real world and get a fantastic, fun and high quality kit in return!
Update! First prototype prints are in:
Check out Update #11 for more and also a video showing the build process.
MAV3RICK redefines how models should be prepared for printing, with the aim of getting the very best quality out of FDM printers. Unlike your average 3D printable vehicle model, MAV3RICK's panels are broken up to lie flat on your printer's build plate. This goes a long way to getting rid of visible striations that mar other designs. Furthermore, it also saves on plastic, as your printer doesn't have to fill in wasted space. Not to mention – it just makes it more fun to build.
A unique feature of the MAV3RICK is its modular construction. The front, side and roof panels attach without glue allowing you to swap them in and out as you see fit. One model makes many variants: personnel carrier, infantry fighting vehicle, battle tank, assault gun, rocket artillery. Or you can just mix it up and create a Frankentank of your own design.
If you're a wargamer, that means you are not forced to choose the variant at build-time. Instead, you can try out different army lists, strategies and ideas with just a click of a few modular pieces.
The model comes with a huge selection of weapons. They are modelled with slots for magnets, adding an extra dimension of modularity. (3x1mm magnets required)
The kit features many points of articulation. Turrets rotate, weapons elevate and hatches open and close.
With dimensions comparable to other 28mm tank models, the MAV3RICK's will be perfectly at home on the battlefields of your favourite wargame.
Extra funds raised from the campaign will go towards making additional modules for the tank.
Campaign backers will be rewarded with 3D geometry files in OBJ format. You will receive a link to download the files that you can then print yourself. These will come with assembly instructions in PDF format. All backers will be mentioned in a thank you note in the credits. Please note that the tank requires glue for assembly.
- Tread Head Pledge: You will receive the files for the complete tank kit.
- Force Commander Pledge: You will receive the complete kit, plus I will sculpt the insignia or symbol of your choice on some of the tank's pieces. This way you will get a kit that's customised for your individual army, for example. Good locations for placement would be: side and top hatches, front and side armour panels, etc.
(Keep it simple - overly complicated designs may not be suitable for 3D printing. It's best to get in touch first if you're not sure.)
- Tank Factory Pledge: You will receive the complete kit, with a commercial license, allowing for the sale of 3D printed copies.
(Other pledge levels are distributed under a non-commercial license, allowing for printing for personal use only.)
The model is now 100% complete and ready to be printed, with the exception of stretch goals. What remains is to have a test print made in order to check part fit and find any issues. The printing will be carried out by Black Edge 3D - a professional 3D printing service in London. I estimate the process to take 2-3 weeks. It can start as soon as the funding goal is reached.
I have been a professional 3D artist for 13 years and I have been involved with 3D printing for 2 years. You can find my work in games, movies and VR experiences. Projects I worked on include the Kraken Unleashed rollercoaster, games Dirty Bomb, Batman: Arkham Origins and the upcoming Dreams. On this last game, I was involved in the development of the game's 3D printing support, giving me professional experience in this area.
Check out some examples of my previous work.
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Risks and challenges
The model's design is based on proven principles that I have successfully used in previous 3D printed models, and since the delivery is just a download, there is very little risk involved. I have made sure to test the digital files as thoroughly as possible to ensure the project ships without delay.
Test prints may reveal that certain part clearances may need to be adjusted or some parts redesigned to improve print quality. For that reason, please note that the final model may differ slightly from the images shown here.
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