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Weekend Project: 3D Print Your Own Workshop-Ready Steampunk Goggles

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Many steampunk cosplay items provide mechanical style and an aesthetic look. But these elaborate 3D printed steampunk goggles are equipped with prescription lenses and welding filters that will keep your eyes safe while you’re in the workshop.

Inspired by historical science fiction and steam-powered machinery, the steampunk genre has blossomed into one of the most popular styles of cosplay. Movies like Mad Max and Wild Wild West exemplify this mechanical fashion to a T, think clothing and accessories made with grinding gears and an anachronistic look.

Read more: Sci-Fi Fashion: 20 Best Steampunk Props to DIY

For today’s Weekend Project, we’re sharing some 3D printable steampunk goggles that not only look awesome, but are also extremely useful. Created by Thingiverse user TickTock, this wearable will have you looking the part, and will also protect your eyes when you’re building in the workshop. How? Well, these steampunk goggles are equipped with prescription lenses, welding filters, and even a magnifying lens as well.

If you’re a maker who loves the steampunk look, these 3D printed goggles are perfect for you. Let’s take a look at what you need and how to build these sweet workshop shades.

3D Printed Steampunk Goggles: What do you Need?

The STL files for the 3D printed steampunk goggles are freely available via Thingiverse. Each model, aside from the headrest and eyecups, need to be printed twice. Produce one part as is, and then mirror it and print it again for the left side of the goggles. While the default version contains three lens slots, TickTock has also provided versions for two or five lens slots as well.

Aside from the various tools listed below, the maker also utilized Rust-Oleum spray paints to give a metallic look to the 3D printed parts. Conversely, you can also try printing in materials like Copper fill, Steel fill, and Bronze fill, all of which are available through colorFabb.

Here’s the rest of the material checklist for the steampunk goggles:

3D Printed Steampunk Goggles: Putting it Together

After printing the components for the goggles, the first step is to remove the supports that TickTock has embedded into his files. Since these support structures are already put in place, you don’t need to worry about adding any during the slicing process. The next step is to throughly paint the 3D printed parts, letting them dry before moving onto the assembly process.

Once that step is complete, it’s finally time to start putting it together. There are quite a few steps before the assembly is complete, but TickTock lays everything out in detail on his Thingiverse post. The process is quite meticulous, as there are a number of small gears and pieces that need to be connected.

Lastly, after the build is complete, you’ll add eyecups and lenses of your choice. If you wear prescription glasses, you’ll have to find the right lens for your eyes.

If you want to find out more about how these steampunk goggles work, check out TickTock’s YouTube video below. And, if you’re ready to start constructing your own workshop-ready glasses, check out the full assembly instructions on Thingiverse.

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