Heavy Armor Instructions
This item is a DIY kit and as such assembly is required.
Please make sure you have everything before you start.
Note: Some parts may look different than they do in the images below. Please check the product page to see our most current images of the items you ordered.
Remove all support material, and trim any excess. Scrape off surface bumps, strings, and hairs with a knife or scraper. Be careful not to gouge into the part!
Each joint will need to fit flush.Some joints may have a little texture or may be slightly curled near the edges.
- For the textured joints we recommend that you tape a piece of sandpaper to a table and sand the part by sliding it over the sandpaper. This makes for a nice flat edge. Use a sanding block on areas you cannot table sand.
- On joints that are flat but the edges are curled up we recommend heating the part with a hair dryer or heatgun. -----> (!!! CAUTION: If you get it too hot it will melt!!!!) Slightly heat the joint by quickly moving the dryer back and fourth over the area. You want to soften the plastic but not melt it. Once the joint is soft press the parts edge firmly to a flat surface, and hold until cool. This will make the joint flat, and allow the glue to adhere.
Use the diagrams above to assemble each item. Glue together each item where necessary. You may need to sand the mating surfaces, and other contact parts to ensure a proper fit.
We recommend using velcro, magnets or both to secure the armor to your suit. You can glue magnets to the armor parts, and then sew them to your suit in a little pocket. Similarly the velcro can glued to the armor and sewn to the suit. There are many methods so don't be afraid to google!!!
We recommend painting the items after assembly!
To get a nice finish you will need to take care of the print lines. This can be done in one of two ways.
- Resin Coating - The best way to finish our kits is to coat them with resin. This allows for smooth surfaces, adds a significant amount of strength to the prop, and can even add a little weight. We recommend XTC-3D. It is a resin specifically formulated to coat 3D printed parts and it makes for easy sanding. One box is enough for many projects. XTC-3D is our go to when finishing any 3D printed item! All of our kits were designed to be used with resin!
- Sanding - It is possible to finish the kit with several iterations of sanding, priming, and then sanding again. This is the fun way, but we don't recommend you have that much fun!