Thing of the Week

Terminator Skull: 3D Print The Coolest Robot Skull

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TL;DR: There are many 3D printable Terminator designs – this 3D printed robot head is one of the coolest. 

Terminator: Genisys
Terminator: Genisys

Yes, Arnold’s back. In “Terminator: Genisys”, Schwarzenegger once again reprises his most iconic role, the Terminator T-800. The former ‘Governator’ will play a reprogrammed T-800 (Model 101) with aged human tissue. This time, he’s back with a vengeance (old) and a sheepish grin (new).

In 1984, then young director James Cameron released the first “Terminator” movie, which instantly became a box office hit. Arnold Schwarzenegger not only coined his famous “I’ll be back” one-liner, but also made the Terminator T-800 a pop culture fixture. Over 31 years later, can this fifth entry in the series still pull in the crowds?

3D printed robots? Look for the T-800

If you put a motor, a speaker and an Arduino in the back of the head, this T-800 could even speak (image: Thingiverse)
If you put a motor, a speaker and an Arduino in the back of the head, this T-800 could even speak (image: Thingiverse)

If you scan for cool 3D printable objects on the Terminator franchise, you get a bunch of looking 3D printed robots and props based on the movie. In the week that “Terminator: Genisys” hits the moviehouse, All3DP chose this iconic 3D printed robot head as our “Thing of the week”.

Austrian (!) Maker DEL-1979 improved the T-800 Terminator Exoskull of Landru to a gorgeous looking robot head. DEL-1979 wanted his model to be more movable and flexible. His T-800 Terminator Exoskull consists of eight pieces. Parts of the head are moveable, as the model is held together with several M4 screws.

What’s also cool: In the back of the head is room for electronics. So you can add extras like speakers or USB ports to your 3D printed robot head. Red LEDs, in example, will give the 3D printed robot these mischievous glowing eyes.

If you’re a pro, you also can take the model and remix it. The “T-800 Terminator Exoskull moveable” is licensed under Creative Commons (Attribution – Share Alike).

How to get the 3D printed robot head

If you don’t own a printer, you should consider sending the files to a professional 3D printing service like Shapeways, Sculpteo or i.Materialise. There, you can print in different materials – in coloured plastic, steel, or (if you’re a Skynet shareholder) even in Titanium (no joke).

If you want the best 3D printing price, you can use our 3D Printing Price Comparison to get it.