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Old 2017-03-31, 07:25 PM   #1
Mr_Hi_n_Mitey
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Question Equipment Used 2 Make Custom Action Figures.

Hello Folks:

If I wanted to actually build my own TRANSFORMER action figures, how would I go about doing so? Believe me, I have LEGIONS of ideas for both Decepticons and Autobots (including a few giant robot combiner sets), and I would like to bring them to fruition. What types of industrial shop machinery would I need to purchase if wanted to create the molds for such toys? Does anyone know? Thank you very much in advance for your help!

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Old 2017-03-31, 09:09 PM   #2
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Honestly, the go-to solution nowadays would probably be CAD software and a cheap 3D printer. You could make your own molds (I know Clay has from time to time) but it's probably a lot more work.
 
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Old 2017-04-01, 12:02 PM   #3
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Steel moulds are probably beyond budget, but you could start off with a mix and match approach -- duplicate parts, adjust the moulds or work with the copies, etc.

http://makezine.com/2011/01/12/simpl...sting-for-toy/
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...-or-anything-/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dupl...plastic-resin/

Much easier to start with existing parts and customise.
 
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Old 2017-04-01, 10:22 PM   #4
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Sketchup is a free 3d modeling program.

New mold creation and duplication for the DIY crowd is at the moment limited by cost of equipment. Basically, make a design in a CAD program like the above, and then have it printed by shapeways or some service like it if you don't have your own 3d printer.

The problem with making silicone molds and casting parts out of resin is that they're not injection molded like factory stuff. In other words, you're limited to five sides of a cube since you won't get any detail on the surface you're pouring the resin into.
 
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Old 2017-04-04, 08:37 PM   #5
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Honestly, the go-to solution nowadays would probably be CAD software and a cheap 3D printer. You could make your own molds (I know Clay has from time to time) but it's probably a lot more work.
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Steel moulds are probably beyond budget, but you could start off with a mix and match approach -- duplicate parts, adjust the moulds or work with the copies, etc.

http://www.MakeZine.com/2011/01/12/s...sting-for-toy/
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...-or-anything-/
http://www.instructables.com/id/Dupl...plastic-resin/

Much easier to start with existing parts and customize.
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Sketchup is a free 3d modeling program.

New mold creation and duplication for the DIY crowd is at the moment limited by cost of equipment. Basically, make a design in a CAD program like the above, and then have it printed by shapeways or some service like it if you don't have your own 3d printer.

The problem with making silicone molds and casting parts out of resin is that they're not injection molded like factory stuff. In other words, you're limited to five sides of a cube since you won't get any detail on the surface you're pouring the resin into.

Thank you very much, everybody! I will explore all of the options that you suggested. Y'all here at TFArchive are always great to talk to and get advice from!
 



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