Our friend, Andrew Allan From Settlebeck High School in Cumbria has created a replica Dredd Badge, inspired by the Judge Dredd Movie, to show his students the power of 3D printing. Here he shares his process of how he created this iconic movie prop using the Ultimaker 2 and Colorfabb’s Copperfill material.
To test, how well the Ultimaker 2 printed with Colourfabb Copperfill filament
Andrew started out with a close-up image of the actual screen prop (as displayed above), in this case, Dredd’s badge from the lastest film. Importing this into Adobe Illustrator allowed him to trace the design accurately. From there he exported the outlines as a .dwg file.
“The magic of watching something you’ve created on a screen actually take shape in front of you still hasn’t worn off, and I have been known to sit for hours just watching the printer printing, especially when there’s nothing much on the telly!”
“I didn’t want the piece to look too perfect, as the screen prop from which I drew my inspiration looks rather battered and well-worn, so I wasn’t too fussy about dents, or making grooves in the piece to get that look.”
“It has proved a great demonstration piece for our 3D printing, both to students for inspiration, and for visitors, many of whom can’t believe it’s not actually metal! We find that making items like this for display and to demonstrate are very useful, they really open peoples’ minds up to the many possibilities. One thing about making objects such as this that I really enjoy is the mixture of CADCAM technology and finishing the piece off by hand, adding individuality to something which comes off the build plate pretty much perfect. Old and new techniques merging.”
Andrew Allan told us the next project he want to work on with a 3D printer is to create a full-size Judge’s Helmet