3D printed Pip-Boy, Geiger counter not included

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Yes, we all love portal guns and crowbars, but there’s one piece of video game paraphernalia that could conceivably be a useful piece of hardware for the modern technologist. It’s the Pip-Boy 3000, the wrist-wearable computer from Fallout, and now you can print on on your 3D printer.

All the pieces for this Pip-Boy are available over on Thingiverse. Included in those files are a dozen plastic parts that, when assembled, come together to form a wrist-mounted computer. You could, of course, print out a static image of a Pip-Boy screen for this build, but [dragonator] made a little addition to his model – he put in a space for a smartphone, so all your environmental sensors and inventory management also work with this 3D printed model.

This is far from the first wearable Pip-Boy we’ve seen, but it is the first that’s able to be fabricated on a 3D printer, and comes with the nice bonus of being the best phone case ever. It’s still a lot of work to put this together, but we’re going to say the results are fantastic.

You can check out the demo video of the Pip-Boy below.

Comments

  1. ColdTurkey says:

    LOVE THIS!!
    I always imagined the Pip-Boy to be a bit more black than gold but as it seems to almost match the table in hue possibly looks more gold due to lighting?

    Awesome build!

  2. Jon says:

    I never grow tired of these Pip-Boy hacks. Each time I get tempted to play through either Fallout 3 or Fallout:NV yet again!

    • ColdTurkey says:

      yeah, I never get tired of talking to muggy in oldworld blues on new vegas!

      http://fallout.wikia.com/wiki/Muggy

      Would be quite fun to try making an interactive Fallout NPC! May have to give this some serious thought.

      • six677 says:

        3d printed muggy bot?

        Making him balance would probably be a challenge but I think if you just replaced his wheel with a stand (just make it have a flat plate underneath to hold him up) you could still have a platform for a seriously cool build. Stick a few servo’s in so he can shift his body and wave his arms and use one of the various LCD modules in his chest, perhaps big enough for a pi inside. Have him notify you of emails with quotes from new vegas? Muggy the desk buddy

  3. Jon says:

    Although nixie tube lights would’ve been far better than LEDs =) I believe there was a featured Pip-Boy hack on here last year that used nixie tubes. I won’t spend the 30 seconds searching, I’m sure you know which one I mean.

  4. biozz says:

    i love all of these but no one has yet to make a true self working display for one!
    contact me whoever wants to do this and ill make you a working pipboy front end on the cheap XDD

  5. static says:

    As each month passes I’m reminded that I may officially be an old fart. I stated reading the article with WTF is a pip-boy? Even with a web search I’m still not sure what it is. As long as the builder had fun designing, building & using the finish project is all that matters I don’t visit HAD expecting to find only what I’d duplicate.

    • six677 says:

      Wrist mounted computer in the video game fallout. This is the incarnation from fallout 3 and fallout new vegas specifically. premise is that the game was set in an alternate time line where technology took a bit of a different path, everything is sort of stylised as if its in the 50’s but they have nuclear cars, a retro future if you will and this just happens to be their smart phone.

    • ColdTurkey says:

      I don’t think you should feel that way just because you haven’t played a certain game. To be honest, I felt a little alienated when I saw the first round of these hacks years ago when I hadn’t played it yet. Now I have I realise these hacks for what they are. True Fallout Porn! :)

  6. Lupin says:

    Next step: print a full brotherhood of steel armor :-)

  7. btw says:

    Btw. You can get android/iphone pocket Geiger counters: radiation-watch.co.uk/order

    If you’re into that kind of thing.

  8. Mantech1 says:

    Nice design, loved the idea of using a smartphone for the screen, though it does appear a bit bulky when worn but that can be good as anyone out their with the files might add a few spaces/cavities to hold some additions (extra batteries, sensors, hidden I/O ports, etc) or slim down the designs just a bit either by modifying the part files or using different materials.

    I look forward to seeing what other people come up with.

  9. JoshuaTansdan says:

    I don’t think the idea of a real pip-boy to be a bad idea, of course implementing it would be something entirely different; add a heart monitor, a Geiger counter (although not really needed this day and age), a notepad app, and a GPS and I guess since communication is more of a thing in our world than in the fallout world add either a built in smart phone or phone attachment (head phone jack with a speak on in I would assume work). Not a techie so to speak but having a wrist computer is something we should have already; by back to the future standards we should have flying cars by now.

  10. Castiel says:

    I figured out a way you would not need extra battery space to use this. you would just need to adapt it to use your body’s scalar energy!

  11. craig says:

    I am not joking where can I buy one of these cas I would really like to have one plz someone plzzzz

  12. craig says:

    Anyone know where I can buy one plz

  13. ethan says:

    could u use ur phone? That would be awesome

  14. craig says:

    Dose anyone know where I could buy one of these pipboy’s plz reply plz plz I really wanna buy one

  15. Maxim Isayev says:

    Stick a Nokia N900 in there with a custom GUI, add USB-host (how else would I plug in a holodisk?), throw in a flashlight, a small speaker (and a 3.5mm jack for plugging in speakers), as many sensors as you can stick in it, all hooked up to some kind of microcontroller that communicates with the Nokia by serial or bluetooth, and you’ve got yourself a fully functioning Pip-Boy with GPS, WiFi, media playing capabilities and a whole lot of other features. And if you customize the case of the Pip-Boy to allow the N900’s keyboard to slide out, you even got a full QWERTY keyboard.

  16. Troy says:

    Building one now for Supernova in Brisbane in November, just finished printing out the parts.

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