Portal 2 Makes Us Want a 3D Printer. So Bad.

Illustration for article titled emPortal 2/em Makes Us Want a 3D Printer. So Bad.

Owning a 3D printer must be like owning magic. Because that's all they seem to do. Just...spit out magic. Like these custom Portal 2 turrets.

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Michael Curry and Luis Rodriguez were showing these off at the recent RoboGames 2011. Looking at the scale, they appear to be around, what, two feet high?

Meaning I really should stop looking at them, or the urge to get one for my desk will bum me out so bad I need to lie down.

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Illustration for article titled emPortal 2/em Makes Us Want a 3D Printer. So Bad.

DIY 3D printing on display at RoboGames 2011! [Flickr, via Super Punch]

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I have the turret model extracted from the first game and I am preparing it for print small-scale (a few inches tall) in multiple parts. I plan to modify the model so that parts printed from different colors can be snapped or glued together to create a full-color turret. Maybe when I'm done I'll sell it in my Shapeways shop...

On a related note, I really want to build a full-size Portal turret PC mod with retractable "guns" that have the speakers in them.