Stephen 3D prints a Batarang and a stand to go with it.

The Batarang is designed by Plainolddave.

Batarang (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:103957)
Display Stand (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:220779)

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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4 Comments

  1. HipHopHead
    January 9, 2015 at 11:37 am — Reply

    Nice to be able to make your own toys.

    I have heard about the 3D printer, but not very familiar:

    Is the Batarang made with plastic or something else?
    Your Batarang looks to be completely solid, can the 3D printer create a hollow Batarang?

    Where is Stephen? Our Stephen is scruffy and usually has not shaved in weeks…who are you?

    • January 9, 2015 at 11:51 am — Reply

      Stephen only shaves once a week – usually on Saturday morning – so Finally Friday Stephen is a lot different looking than Saturday Morning Video Shoot Stephen.

    • January 9, 2015 at 11:55 am — Reply

      The Batarang is printed with PLA Plastic, which is a derivative of corn fiber, so it is completely biodegradable in the long term. If you watch the video closely, you’ll se a grid being printed on the inside, so it is a semi-hollow build (15% infill). You can print this completely solid if you want, but that seems like a waste of plastic to me. You wouldn’t be able to print this completely hollow as the overhang on the top needs some kind of internal support to keep it from drooping.

      If you go back and watch many of the early Finally Friday episodes, I talk a lot about 3D printers and what my experience has been with the MakerBot.

      • HipHopHead
        January 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm — Reply

        thanks

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