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Kevin Rye

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3D Printed Starbound Matter Manipulator

My son’s really into the game Starbound. The Matter Manipulator is the tool that you start off with in the game.

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He’s been making these paper craft Matter Manipulators for weeks. They’re all over the house. I figured since he’s really into it, I’d have a go at 3D printing one for him.

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I jumped into SketchUp and put something together. Of course, I took some artistic license with the model.

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It’s made up of 18 pieces so that I can print them individually in the right colors.

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It’s going to be pretty big. One of the main yellow pieces almost takes up the whole print bed.

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The two large yellow pieces were going to take 24 hours each to print with my default medium layer height and 20% infill settings. I lowered the quality to “LOW” for a layer height of .3mm and changed the infill to 10%. That’ll save me a ton of time as well as PLA. It took about 8 hours to print each one. All the other parts took from minutes, to about an hour each.

So, about 2 days later…..the model was complete. A little Krazy glue and some hot snot and it was good to go.


Needless to say, my son was over the moon. I just hope I haven’t set a precedent. If I have to print a full scale diamond pickaxe, I’ll lose my mind!