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3D Printed Transformers: 10 Incredible Models

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by Eldon Burr
Oct 17, 2019
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Fans new and old love to play with Transformers, and now you can 3D print your own! Check out these awesome 3D printed Transformers!

3D Printed Transformers

More Than Meets the Eye

Slightly more fragile than an ordinary toy, but way, way cooler
Slightly more fragile than an ordinary toy, but way, way cooler (Source: petergross3 / Thingiverse)

The Transformers franchise has been wowing kids for decades with their toys, comics, and television series. In the 1980s, Transformers were extremely popular toys as soon as they hit store shelves. Now, thanks to 3D printing, anyone can create our own variants and even make accessories for them!

The creative style and the fact that Transformers are essentially two models in one make these models a fantastic option if you’re looking for something cool to make on your 3D printer, so let’s check ’em out!

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Multi-Material Optimus Prime

This model was made with multiple colors and took over 240 hours to print!
This model was made with multiple colors and took over 240 hours to print! (Source: ChaosCoreTech / Thingiverse)

Optimus Prime is larger than life in the Transformers universe, so it makes sense that this maker decided to go big! Making this almost two-foot-tall model in multiple materials means there’s no need to paint it to give it that vivid color. Now you can 3D print Optimus Prime in all his glory, so he can keep any nearby Decepticons on their toes!

The creator says that, apart from some assembly, no post-processing is required.

Who created it? Garrett Kearney (ChaosCoreTech

Who made it? 7 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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Masterpiece

Fastened with toothpicks and filament!
Fastened with toothpicks and filament! (Source: petergross3 / Thingiverse)

This “Masterpiece” model is also based on Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots. It not only looks just like him, it actually transforms, too! There’s little more satisfying than taking the time to make and assemble your very own transforming Masterpiece!

This model will require some supports, and you’ll need to take measures to prevent warping (i.e. printing slowly) to ensure the parts fit together properly. Also, be prepared to spend a good bit of time post-processing and assembling this model.

Who created it? Thingiverse user petergross3

Who made it? 8 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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Logo Keychains

These keychains are sharp and simple enough for a beginner to print
These keychains are sharp and simple enough for a beginner to print (Source: herisuprapto / Thingiverse)

Transformers in the franchise are just as divided as modern human society, which is a good thing because it means that even if you hate one of these logos, you’ll probably love the other.

The Autobot and Decepticon logos are distinctive designs that make excellent keychains. They’re also a great way of reminding people not to judge a book by its cover, as there’s often more than meets the eye.

This print is about as simple as they come, so you shouldn’t have much trouble or need to do much post-processing, other than perhaps painting it.

Who created it? Heri Suprapto (herisuprapto)

Who made it? 9 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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G1 Megatron

A faithful reproduction of the 1980s original
A faithful reproduction of the 1980s original (Source: STIG_ / Thingiverse)

This Megatron model is fully articulated and looks just like the 1980s cartoon original. The articulation is accomplished with ball and socket joints, so you can position him however you want. This makes him a great companion model to display alongside other Autobots.

This model will require some supports for parts like the legs and waist, which means you can also expect the associated post-processing.

Who created it? Félix García (STIG_) produced this remix from the original design by CautionLowSign

Who made it? 2 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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Fortress Maximus Sword

This Maximus sword is an awesome 3D printed Fortress Maximus accessory! 
This Maximus sword is an awesome 3D printed Fortress Maximus accessory!  (Source: triggerscold / Thingiverse)

This accessory is a great example of how 3D printing can enable you to replace or customize parts for your Transformers model collection. Customizing a sword like this is only limited by your imagination and skill.

As-is, this sword is a pretty simple print for beginners. It comes in multiple pieces that will need to be glued together, butther than that, post-processing should be minimal.

Who created it? Eddie Liu (Banjinbuban)

Who made it? 5 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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Articulated G1 Bumblebee

This Bumblebee model doesn't transform, but it is fully articulated
This Bumblebee model doesn't transform, but it is fully articulated (Source: RezaAulia / MyMiniFactory)

Bumblebee has always been a popular character in Transformers, in part because of a rich backstory and character arc involving a damaged voice processor. For fans not familiar with the original series, Bumblebee’s vehicle mode was originally a Volkswagen Beetle, unlike in the later versions of the franchise. 

This model requires some glue and maybe a bit of sanding in post-processing, but the creator states it’s easy to print, scale, and assemble, so this should be a great project for beginners.

Who created it? Reza Aulia (RezaAulia)

Who made it? 4 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? MyMiniFactory, Thingiverse

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Transformers Cookie Cutters

What better way to express your love for your heroes than by eating them?
What better way to express your love for your heroes than by eating them? (Source: Gustavo015 / Cults3D)

These cookie cutters are modeled after the Transformers “Rescuebots”. If you’re into baking or want to make some fun treats for a fan, these are awesome models to print. Transformers cookies are certain to make any fan feel special.

Just remember to take the necessary precautions to ensure that they’re food-safe, like selecting an appropriate filament and washing them in cold water, as they aren’t dishwasher safe!

Who created it? Cults3d user Gustavo015

Who made it? 4 users have downloaded these files

Where to get it? Cults3D

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Transformable Megatron

This model is great for anyone that wants to spend minimal time post-processing
This model is great for anyone that wants to spend minimal time post-processing (Source: DaBombDiggity / Thingiverse)

Megatron is a devious foe, and with 3D printing, we can make models of the iconic villain in all his incarnations. Here’s a model of the original Megatron that actually transforms and looks as menacing as in the original series. His vehicle mode is a tank, but whichever mode he’s in, Megatron is the perfect addition to any display that features Optimus Prime.

Adding to the fun, the creator even made a companion version of Optimus, so you can print Optimus and his nemesis to show off both your 3D printing skills and love of Cybertron!

This model was designed to be printed without supports, so post-processing should be minimal, and the creator reports that “you can transform it right off the build plate!”

Who created it? Talmage Madsen (DaBombDiggity)

Who made it? 4 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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G1 Soundwave

This Soudwave model would look impressive in any Autobot or Decepticon display
This Soudwave model would look impressive in any Autobot or Decepticon display (Source: SirrisRx / Thingiverse)

This model of Soundwave from the original 1980s series is a faithful reproduction that looks almost like the real thing. It’s complete with rotatable joints, however, it doesn’t transform. Soundwave is a very nice model to print if you’re a fan of the Decepticons in the franchise.

Soundwave shouldn’t need much post-processing other than painting. The creator even reports that no glue was needed for assembly, as the joints fit snugly together, but your results may vary depending on your printer.

Who created it? Thingiverse user CautionLowSign

Who made it? 6 Thingiverse users

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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Predacon Megatron

T-Rex Megatron as he appeared in Transformers: Beast Wars
T-Rex Megatron as he appeared in Transformers: Beast Wars (Source: Paultini / Thingiverse)

If you grew up in the 1990s and watched Saturday morning cartoons, there’s a good chance you remember Transformers: Beast Wars. The series was notable in that it was fully CGI, and saw the Transformers take on the forms of animals rather than vehicles. Megatron was a terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex, and this model is a great way for fans of the series to exercise their 3D printing muscles. 

The creator hasn’t posted any instructions on printing or assembly, making this model something for advanced hobbyists and hardcore fans that don’t mind experimenting!

Who created it? Heon Jung Kim (Paultini)

Who made it? The creator has posted two makes.

Where to get it? Thingiverse

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Bonus: Prius Prime Transformer

This model uses ball joints that snap together, so assembly should be a cinch
This model uses ball joints that snap together, so assembly should be a cinch (Source: Brian Mernoff / MyMiniFactory)

The Toyota Prius is one of the most recognizable hybrid cars on the market, so it’s not surprising that one maker created his own Prius transformer! This little toy ought to delight both Transformers fans and environmentally conscious drivers. It’s just one example of the custom designs you can bring to life with 3D printing!

Who created it? Brian Mernoff (chemteacher628)

Who made it? The creator is the only known maker of this model.

Where to get it? MyMiniFactory

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3D Print and Transform!

The Tardis, from Doctor Who, reimagined as a Transformer!
The Tardis, from Doctor Who, reimagined as a Transformer! (Source: nonnef / Thingiverse)

With 3D printing, we can print replacement parts and replicas of our favorite toys and gizmos. However, the real advantage is that we can now make custom accessories and toys that have never been produced before!

Whatever fans of Transformers want to print, there’s plenty of designs out there, and many more begging to be created, so go have some have fun!

If you printed a cool Transformers model, share it in the comments below!

(Lead image source: ChaosCoreTech / Thingiverse)

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