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Published on June 22nd, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Manufacturing Cybermen

You wouldn’t believe it, but constructing Doctor Who figures is quite a complex process. There are a selection of complex shapes involved that would have been beyond 1970s machinery, not least than in the pieces that a Cyberman’s chest unit, whether the embossed “C” of a John Lumic Cyberman or a classic 1960s model.

TCT Magazine features the Objet Eden330 3D Printer from Industrial Plastic Fabrications (IPF) is used by Designworks Windsor in order to produce the prototypes. The clean lines of the current Cybermen are the result of this considerable hardware which took just two days to produce the prototype.

Apparently:

Objet provides a level of detail perfect for a model of this size and has distinct advantages over its competitors in the stability of larger models. Unlike other 3D Printing Systems, Objet’s printers remain true to the source file even when outputting parts within an envelope of 70 x 90 x 170 mm (the Cyberman’s chest) — the sort of scale that leads to sunken areas and build errors on most other systems.

Amazing what they can do these days.  It’s technology that would impress the Cybermen themselves.

If they had feelings.

Check out the results of the industrial process – Forbidden Planet have loads of different Cybermen figures including the recently released 1960s models.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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