During work hours, Matt Denton is director of visual effects company Micromagic Systems – known for stunning Harry Potter and Star Wars effects. In his spare time, he publishes videos on his YouTube channel Mantis Hacks. But, as a maker, he’s not content with leaving it at that – instead, he 3D prints Lego kits and makes them much bigger. He then assembles them with his nephew, and hilarity ensues.
Matt Denton and his young nephew are at it again. Previously, Mr. Denton designed and 3D printed a giant lego go-kart and built it, while his nephew built the regular size kit, which All3DP reported on at the time.
Since then, he’s had many other large 3D printing projects including a giant lego forklift to go with his go-kart. He based his design on the LEGO Forklift from 1977. It took over 500 hours to print 215 pieces.
Now, his latest 3D printed kit got even bigger. This time around, he created the Lego Bulldozer from 1979. This design took 600 hours of printing to create the necessary 372 pieces.
Reuben, Denton’s nephew, is a great sport and yet again helps Denton build his oversized Lego kit:
How to 3D Print a Giant Lego Bulldozer
If you feel your 3D printer is capable of creating giant Lego prints, Denton has made his 3D files available on Thingiverse. However, he asks that to help him continue with his projects, anyone who downloads them leaves a tip.
For this project, Denton used a Lulzbot Taz6 3D Printer, a Taz5 3D Printer, and a Lulzbot Mini Printer. The filament for his project came from 3Dfilaprint. He used Premium PLA.
Although Denton has yet to do a follow-up video for his Giant Lego Bulldozer, check out his previous explanation video for the giant forklift to learn more about how he creates such large prints.
You can follow along with Denton’s Giant Lego projects easily with his series on YouTube. Don’t forget to subscribe, as he also has some other fantastic projects which don’t involve huge Lego parts. For example, Denton adds: “Hexapod walking robots, electronics, hacking, coding, engineering, 3D printing and other stuff.”