Make a Selfie Action Figure

 

Scan your face to make a 3D printable head for any toy figure!

Use flexible filament to make it safe for play. Paint and customize each figure to become your favorite action hero! 

Edit sockets


Use our ball socket parts to build snap fit geometry for each figure. Use Tinkercad to easily scale and clean your head scans. 

With three different sizes available to customize, it's easy to build your favorite hero that look as unique as yourself! 

Use different materials

 

Experiment with different type of filament. The Groot figure was color matched by using wood PLA.

 

Add Details


Decorate each figure with a paint brush or air brush.

Parts

Spool of NinjaFlex Filament for 3D Printers - almond-peach smoothie color with 1.75mm Diameter.
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Spool of NinjaFlex Filament for 3D Printers - semi translucent white color with 1.75mm Diameter.
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1 x Polycam
Polycam photogrammetry Mobile App
1 x Tinkercad
free web app for 3D design, electronics, and coding
3D

Scan face with Photogrammetry


You can import pictures or use the camera on you mobile to create the face geometry.

Use the Polycam app in photo mode to automatically snap pictures of all angles of your face or upload pictures taken from your library. 

Take at least 50 pictures of all sides of your face. Include the top of the head and underneath the chin to ensure geometry is created for the whole head. Find a comfortable chair to sit while someone takes pictures. Make sure not to move once picture taking has started! 

Process pictures


Upload photos for processing. Creating the mesh will take about 10 minutes after uploading all photos. You can preview and export an .obj file once completed.

Transfer the .obj file to a computer to clean up the mesh. 

Clean Scan


Upload the .obj file to tinkercad.com to clean and add the socket geometry. 

Create a box around the unnecessary mesh. Change the box mode to "hole". Shift select the box and the imported head mesh.

Select the combine option in the tool bar to isolate the head.

 

Scale head

Resize the head to closely match the same size as the action figure head, around 19mm x 24mm x 25mm 

Measure ball joint


Carefully remove the head. Use skate lubricant to help the joint to loosen. Use calipers to measure the size of the ball joint.

 

Edit socket size


Adjust the size of the sphere and cylinder to match the size of the ball joint. Ninjaflex filament will need the sphere to be 1mm smaller to press fit the ball socket into the joint.

Align socket


Use the align tool to center the socket geometry to the head. 

Combine socket geometry 


Shift select the head and socket. Select the combine option to apply the ball socket geometry to the inside of the head.

Parts List

STL files for 3D printing are oriented to print "as-is" on FDM style machines. Parts are designed to 3D print without any support material. Original design source may be downloaded using the link below.

Slicing Parts

 

Slice settings for NinjaFlex 85a material. 


The parts were sliced using CURA using the slice settings below.

  • 230c extruder
  • 0.3 Initial layer height
  • .1 layer height
  • 10% gyroid infill
  • 50mm/s print speed
  • 50c heated bed


Slice with setting for PLA material. 


The parts were sliced using CURA using the slice settings below.

  • PLA filament 220c extruder
  • 0.1 layer height
  • 10% gyroid infill
  • 60mm/s print speed
  • 60c heated bed

Test paint


Print multiple heads to test matching paint colors and trying multiple version of textures and materials. 

Dry brush 


Use the dry brush technique to paint the hair.

 

Paint details


Use a fine point, like a tooth pick or needle, to carefully add the eyes and brows.

 

Match figure textures 

 

You can also use the dry brush method to match textures that are part of the figure, like the moss on Groot's body. 

Complete!

 

Clean the socket inside the head of any overhang filament. Press fit the head onto the ball joint!

Hero

This guide was first published on Jul 19, 2022. It was last updated on 2022-07-19 23:36:38 -0400.