Even those who have never played Planetary Annihilation – or its spiritual predecessor Total Annihilation – can appreciate the great vehicle designs in both titles. Now this has been translated into the world of 3D printing with the Leveler tank .
Wanting to give the Bolo a friend, Steiner got to work on the Leveler in the CAD software Creo. Working off of an existing STL taken from the game, the tank was remade in Creo but was carefully modified to meet certain needs.
Steiner tells us that, when he designs a model, he does so with certain strict requirements: the object is sliced by colour to negate the need for paint, the individual parts require no supports and, once printed, these piece fit together without the need for glue.
You can see the results of this in an exploded diagram of the model. Notice the printed screws which allows the turret to swivel.
Despite these extra constraints modelling only took around eight hours to complete, before ten hours of printing – the latter taking a bit longer than necessary as the print quality was bumped up. This makes the final result look better, and it ensures that those parts fit together as intended.
Once the pieces were printed all that was needed to finish them was the removal of a bit of extra plastic and a bit of heat applied with a lighter, which was needed to fix the colour of the filament after it was changed slightly in the printing process.
Assembled the Leveller measures in at around 14 X 10 X 5 centimetres, dwarfing the Bolo is shares a desk with.