War may never change, but manufacturing sure does. Bethesda’s Fallout series has done plenty of work towards inspiring innovation in its own right, creating a game franchise that as lasted for nearly 20 years, but today their fans have shown their own creative skills. Coming hot on the heels of the Fallout 4 announcement, 23 year old Yvo de Haas created his own version of a 3D printed Pip Boy Mark IV from the games trailer.
Perhaps the coolest part about this experiment, which merges the worlds of rapid prototyping and prop making, is the fact that it functions using a smart phone for the display, making the arm piece screen look similar to the actual game. Haas was quoted saying that “I absolutely love Fallout and have been looking forward to Fallout 4 for years. One of the first things that was obvious is that the old pip-boy, the Pip-boy 3000, has been replaced with a different model, the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV. The new Pip-Boy has the buttons on the right instead of the left, and there are more buttons. It has a tape player on the top, and the opening mechanism is now defined. Now I rarely move aside running projects for something else, but Fallout is an exception. Time to make the Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV 3D printable.”
Haas wanted to make sure that anyone could use his design, ensuring that anyone could build their pip boy themselves. To that end, he is leaving the design files and printing information on his blog here: http://ytec3d.com/pip-boy-3000-mark-iv/. Now, with Bethesda announcing that they had no more Pip Boys of their own to sell, 3D printing may be the only way to get your hands on one of the coolest prop pieces around.
Simon. “Fallout Fan Uses 3D Printer to Build an Incredible Fallout 4 Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV.” 3ders.org. 3ders.org, 30 July 2015. Web. 31 July 2015.