The Limited Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition is legendary. It sold out in just a few hours after the announcement. Unless you are willing to pay $350 and wait several months for delivery, there’s nearly no chance of putting your hands on one of gaming’s most treasured loot. The good news is that you can 3D print your own Pip-Boy. We’ve checked if it‘s worth your time. (last update: 12/08/2016)
So you’ve been to the Overseer’s room, grabbed that Pip-Boy at the exit… you’re ready to make your way out Vault 111. But you have that nagging feeling your are missing something? Is your left arm too light? Shouldn’t there be a real Pip-BoyLimited Pip-Boy Edition?
The “Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition” was listed for pre-order at Amazon. Retailing for $119.99 (no Nuka-Cola caps accepted), the bundle includes a wearable Pip-Boy sleeve into which you can slot your smartphone. Also included is a Pip-Boy pocket guide, a ROBCO Industries stand, a Vault-Tec Perk Poster, a collectible metal case and a copy of the game as well.
Unfortunately, this ultra-collectible totally sold out a few hours. It took some time, but now Bethesda announced a new Pip-Boy: Deluxe Bluetooth Edition. It’s for sale on pre-order again, but if you order it today, you won’t be playing in three month’s time. It can’t be shipped anywhere but the US, Canada, and Australia. And it costs $350.
For some vault dwellers, that’s okay. But if you want one now, you should take a print a Fallout Pip-Boy on your own. Here‘s an example.
So everything boils down to some choices:
While ee can‘t help you with that decision, we can provide you with some facts.
3D Hubs, the company that offers access to a network of 26.000 3D printers around the world, has a special take on this. Here’s how you do it:
Upon receiving your finished 3D printed parts, you need to assemble the pieces yourself and do the painting – and don’t forget to download the official Pip-Boy app on your smartphone.
But beware: Although 3D Hubs has preconfigured it for the most common smartphones, your phone might not fit easily. Also, the process of building this gadget is not for the faint at heart.
Just some weeks ago, you had a choice of several 3D printed Pip-Boys at various 3D printing service providers. The majority could be found at Shapeways, which printed them professionally in a material of your choice.
The most ambitious bootleg PipBoy came from a guy called Christopher Howard (a.k.a. ShortCipher). As shown in the video below, the shells were printed in strong and flexible white plastic, and then painted over. The 3D prints consist of an upper and lower body. The print wasn’t too complicated, the two parts were attached via a hinge.
Most of the design files, unfortunately, have been taken down by their owners. We’re currently investigating if this happened as a precautionary measure from Shapeways, a hint from the copyright owners Bethesda or by the makers themselves – we’ll keep you updated.
There are plenty of stunning Fallout props available for 3D printing at MyMiniFactory. The easiest way to bathe in that post-atomic glow is to get the 3D printed Pip-Boy 3000 prop from here. Maker Jim has uploaded the files for 3D printing.
It’s a great gadget and design, but beware: This Pip-Boy 3000 isn’t able to hold a smartphone with the companion app for Fallout 4.
If you own a Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch, you can turn it into a great looking Pip-Boy 3000.
First, you need a Fallout themed watch-face. You’re lucky, because there are several available on the Google Play Store. Then, you need to 3D print and paint your custom Fallout Case for the Moto 360. You can find all the information in this article.
Thing is: It’s a great hack, but it doesn’t resemble the “real” Pip-Boy 3000. Also, it doesn’t connect to the companion app of the Fallout game, as it displays stats, date and time. Cool idea, though.
The guys at Adafruit have a thing for gamers. They released a nice, detailed guide on how to 3D print and build your own functional Pipboy 3000 using a Raspberry Pi and Adafruit 3.5″ PiTFT.
The 3D printed enclosure has cutouts for most of the IO ports for the Raspberry Pi. Meaning: You simply add peripherals like a WiFi dongle, keyboard, mouse or USB Geiger counter. It is powered by a 2200mAh battery that can be recharged over USB and fits inside the cylindrical case. Details like the super bright yellow LED, rotary encoder, speaker grill and faux gauges really make this look like a Pipboy 3000 Mark IV.
The software is pretty descent. The pypboy python program for the Raspberry Pi features OSM for map data which allows you to browse your terrain rendered in glorious retro green graphics. The case features an amp with speakers for music. An analog rotary switch lets you switch between different modes.
Be aware that this 3D printed Pip-Boy will take you a lot of time to print and assemble.
The fourth – and most elaborate piece – effort comes from maker Dragonator (Yvo de Haas). He built the most astonishing 3D printable Pip-Boy. Dragonator already did a version for Fallout 3, which can be found on Instructables.
For the new design of the newest Fallout game, he had to model after the known facts of the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy 3000: “The Pip-Boy is already extremely difficult to design with proper reference, but now there is only a teaser trailer and the E3 video. This does not give the kind of reference I usually have. Another challenge is the huge amount of features in the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV. I like to make as much features working as possible, and to get some of the features (most notably the tape player) working, was a real challenge. The people at Bethesda really tried their best to make the Pip-Boy as difficult as possible.”
Yvo De Haas also made some changes to the original design. “One of the first things that was obvious is that the old pip-boy, the Pip-Boy 3000, has been replaced with a different model, the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV. The new Pip-Boy has the buttons on the right instead of the left, and there are more buttons. It has a tape player on the top, and the opening mechanism is now defined.”, he writes on his website.
The best: His design is able to hold a smartphone – at least most of them. But “there is only one problem. Smartphones have become bigger since Fallout 3, and this Pip-Boy is smaller than the previous one. Bethesda has fixed this by breaking some of the proportions and dimensions to make a smartphone of decent size still fit. In some cases, dimensions are broken by around 1 cm (which is way more than it sounds like). For the phone version of this 3D printed version, the proportions have also been broken to make the phone fit.”
So he made three versions, which only differ in size. You can download them for free.
Beware it is a complicated gadget to build. You should have considerable experience in tinkering, 3D printing and building stuff. Here the link to a very detailed general assembly of the 3D printed parts. Good luck!
As Maker Will Sweatman states: “This is my attempt to build the most advanced Pip-Boy 3000 on planet Earth, and I believe I’ve succeeded”. We couldn’t agree more.
This Pip-Boy 3000 Mark II has a ton of useful features: LEDs to show you the current state of your wearable, a working laser (!), a gas sensor, audio player with a built-in speaker (“Crawl out through the fallout, baby”), TV-b-Gone emitters, a working flashlight and a light sensor. Just take a look at the video:
The Mark II includes the following technologies:
Also, there‘s a dedicated software to make your 3D printed Pip-Boy work the way it’s supposed to be.
The Mark II is based on the 3D printed Pip-Boy from Ytec (as seen above in #4). You can find all the blueprints, .STL files and other information needed on Instructables.
Beware: This is only for experienced makers, Level 50 and up.
That’s the total opposite to the Pip-Boy Mark II – the low-cost approach.
This beauty was made by Reddit user brosumi. Unfortunately, he didn’t provide any build instructions, so you have to figure it out by yourself. What makes it especially cool are the different stickers and tubes, that make it look great. And we don’t want to speculate how a power armor suit would look like in Lego.
The guys and gals at Kamui Cosplay have an in-depth tutorial on how to 3d print and assemble a working Pip-Boy. It still is based on the designs from Yvo de Haas (see point 3).
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