Mecha Zone’s 3D-Printed 6″ Action Figures

Mechanaut Logo Promo Predanaut Logo Promo

So the other day, I was on Facebook and saw some pictures being shared of David White’s Mecha Zone work.  My first reaction was that this stuff looks cool, and since I saw the term bouncing around, I assumed he used 3D printing to prototype these pieces.

Mechanaut Soldier Turnaround Predanaut Turnaround

Turns out, these figures are entirely manufactured on an Afinia H-Series printer!  David then uses an acetone vapour bath method to smooth out and strengthen the pieces.  If I understand correctly, the only paint applications are silver.

MZ process 01 rough concepting MZ process 03 3D modeling

I found it pretty amazing that something could go from concept and design…

MZ process 04 print the parts MZ process 05 process the parts

…to prototyping and full-on production like this, basically all in someone’s home.

MZ process 06 assemble the parts

The Mechanaut V2 and the Predanaut are David’s first 6-inch online figure releases with this degree of complexity, as far as I can tell.  Preorders are up on his StoreEnvy site, with both figures having a production run of 8-16 copies, depending on interest.  It takes approximately 13 hours just to print all the parts seen above!

I’m going to be doing some coverage on these in-hand, once mine arrive.  I find the notion of this kind of figure being entirely designed and PRINTED by an artist to be extremely fascinating, especially given Aaron Archer’s Q&A answer at TFcon 2014 about the direction he sees the toy industry heading towards in the next couple of decades.

In the meantime, check out this interview that David White did with Afinia for more info and insight!

 Mechanaut Soldier Closeup Predanaut Closeup
(Click either of these portraits to go directly to their StoreEnvy pages)

About the Mechanaut Soldier:

Are you ready for the fun and excitement of a more articulated Mechanaut? The first V2 release is the soldier type.

  • Limited run of 16 in green and black
  • 6″ tall (15cm)
  • 14 points of articulation
  • 5mm ports on the arms and legs
  • Accessories: shoulder pauldron, sword, hip sheath, foot peg stand
  • Includes bag with header card
  • 3D printed designer toy intended for adult collectors.

About the Predanaut:

Every hero needs a nemesis and now the mighty Mechanauts have a foe worthy of their fear and respect, the loathsome Predanauts!

  • Limited run of 16 in red and black
  • 6″ tall (15cm)
  • 15 points of articulation
  • 5mm ports on the arms and legs
  • Accessories: a foot peg action stand for posing
  • Includes bag with header card
  • 3D printed designer toy intended for adult collectors.

About vangelus

I am a geek of a robotoyetic and tokusatsu slant who likes to make video and audio about what I love.

Posted on August 24, 2014, in Toy, Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. David is a great guy and a friend of CollectionDX. If you want an interview or anything like that I can ask if he’s available. He’s a wealth of information and coolness.

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