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Kevin Rye

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3D Printed Westworld Maze

My wife and I just finished watching the first season of Westworld. What a great show. I don't want to give away any spoilers for those that have not seen it yet, but there's a cool maze prop in the show.

As soon as I saw it, I thought to myself, "I am so 3D-printing one of those!"

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I was about to jump into SketchUp to start work on the model but I needed to search the web for some reference images. To my surprise, someone had already beaten me to it! Actually, I take that back. I'm not surprised. I know I'm a little late to the party on this show, so of course there's a million people out there who have already thought of this.

Needless to say, I found a really well-made 3D model on Thingiverse. I couldn't have done a better job myself.

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The plan was to stain it a dark brown, so I attempted to print it using wood filament. Unfortunately, that print failed an hour or two in. The maze walls started to peel away from the bottom layer. It was a mess. I canceled the print and decided to use regular PLA. I'll just paint it.

I didn't have enough black or brown PLA to print the model, so I used a roll of glow-in-the-dark PLA. I don't have much use for glow-in-the-dark PLA, but a friend at work gave it to me. I took it because it was free and I figured it would come in handy for prototyping. Honestly, how much stuff do you really need to glow in the dark? Since this is a weekend project, I didn't want to have to order another roll of black and wait for it to arrive. I figured I'd just use the glow-in-the-dark stuff and just spray paint it black.

With a 5.5" diameter, it took 5 hours to print. It came out really nice.

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Damn, does this stuff glow in the dark! It's really bright, but it fades very quickly.

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In order to give it that rusty, corroded look, I needed to give the plastic a texture.

I dissolved some Elmer's glue in some hot water and then submerged the model until the whole thing was covered in the sticky slurry.

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I then sprinkled some fine hobby sand all over the model.

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I then let it dry overnight.

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I then get it a few taps to knock off the loose sand and then gave it a few coats of black spray paint. It came out really cool. It definitely has that old, rusted iron look and feel.

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I then gave it a coat of brown.


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I picked up some acrylic paints to add a little weathering.

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Not bad. It looks a lot darker in the photos. It's actually a lot browner than it looks.

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I then designed a small stand for it in SketchUp.

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I didn't want to waste my good wood PLA so I printed it in black first to make sure that it fit OK.

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It fits perfectly.

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I then printed the final one using the wood PLA.

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I then gave it a light sanding and a coat of stain.

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I think it's safe to say I nailed it. It looks pretty darn good to me.

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