Jim Rodda, a 3D printing hobbyist of the Zheng3 community, is doing a Kickstarter project for 3D printed medieval armor for the Fashionista line of Barbie dolls.
The Kickstarter project is called Faire Play: Barbie-Compatible 3D Printed Medieval Armor. The armor is open-source and Rodda would like funding for the design and production of the next prototype armor.
His Kickstarter projects states, “The funding will cover the biodegradable plastic used to print the armor, replacement printer parts, and, most importantly, the time needed to design a highly detailed suit of armor, with all the engraving, ensorcelling, and enamelling Barbie's parade panoply deserves.”
Rodda’s inspiration for the project was to create a unique birthday present for his 4-year-old niece. He photographed the Fashionista Barbie doll and then used the photos as reference points to create the Barbie armor model in Maya, a 3D modeling software program. The armor was printed on a MakerBot Replicator 1 3D printer.
The armor will be under a Creative Commons License so that users can share or remix the model provided that Zheng3 is credited for the original design. Users can also download a copy of the Athena Makeover Kit, which includes a spear, shield, and winged boots.