3D Printing A Daft Punk Helmet

Thanks to the awesome people over at Adafruit, you can now print your very own Daft Punk helmet! It is designed with a hollowed out shell and translucent material which allows for colorful LEDs to be inserted into the mask, which can light up just about any room. This makes the headset great for Maker Faire, household parties, and underground EDM raves.

The epic costume was inspired by the infamous electronic music duo from France who is known for hiding their identities behind intricate and complex masks. This version, however, is perfect for the Do-It-Youself builder on a budget assuming you have access to a Taz 3D printer through your hackerspace or a friend.

The entire helmet is 3D printed as one piece using a semi-transparent PLA filament with NeoPixel strips (144 pixel per meter) laid inside. It takes about 3 days to complete the printing job (assuming no errors arise during the process). After everything is finished, glossy gold paint is applied and the polished outcome is enough to turn some heads. Plus, this mask makes a great addition to any builder’s homemade ‘trophy’ collection.

A natural next step would be to add sensors that can detect bass vibrations. This could be used to change the colors of the display based on the music that is being played nearby. We’ve seen this sort of thing before on a few Daft Punk helmet builds that are far superior to this one. Of course the difference here is that the Adafruit version can be build in a reasonable amount of time by a mere mortal. Those other examples were life commitments as far as projects go!

Don’t forget to check out the video of this one in action after the break.

[Thanks for the tip PT]

6 thoughts on “3D Printing A Daft Punk Helmet

  1. Print it then fill, smooth, paint and polish to make a silicone mold to rotocast. Make a thicker casting to cut a form from for vacuum forming a front that can be seen through.

    Any bet there’s at least one person using that download as a base to make a much closer to original 3D model?

  2. Wouldn’t it be better to build a form for the faceplate and use a material you could actually see out of?
    To be honest, if I saw someone wearing that at a party I would think 1) there’s someone that isn’t ’bout to get lucky tonight. And 2) it might be fun helping them get around and in the process accidentally run them into a wall or two.

    1. ya, not a great copy however you probably could 3d print some pretty cool helmets
      i think something like a motorcycle helmet visor or ski goggles would be better for the see-through parts though..or if you could just get that material somewhere

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