I think it will come as no surprise when I say that many of us here at Prusa Research are not just technology geeks – we’re avid gamers as well. Some of the luckier members of our team already got their hands on the PlayStation 5 (even Jo Prusa – eventually) and many of us were eagerly awaiting the arrival of CD Projekt RED’s latest release: Cyberpunk 2077.
And because we love to tinker and dive deep into all sorts of crazy cool projects (like the steampunk-themed Original Prusa i3 MK3S), it didn’t take long before somebody suggested a cyberpunk-themed 3D printer.
If you’ve been following our How-to guides on our YouTube channel, you’re probably aware that we have some really skilled hands here. It still took us a couple of weeks to get it all done. This project involved the creation of custom models and modified printer parts, hours upon hours of meticulous post-processing, painting, weathering and putting all the cherries on top. And here’s the result – lo and behold: The Cyberpunk Original Prusa i3 MK3S+! Wanna hear the entire story? Let’s dig right in!
Before we start – all the parts we used to modify the Original Prusa i3 MK3S/+ are available for download from PrusaPrinters.org. Many of the models are intricately detailed, so your best bet is a resin printer like the Original Prusa SL1.
Starting with the basics
If you’re planning a total overhaul of an entire 3D printer, it’s always better to start with a disassembled machine. This is exactly what we did. We’ve selected a color palette to closely match the aesthetics of Cyberpunk 2077 with blue, yellow, and black colors in the spotlight. The silver color was used to bring many of its details to life.
With the base paint job finished, it was time to start the usual assembly process. It’s better to exercise caution when attaching the parts together. Especially the screws can damage the painted surface if you’re not careful.
We went all-in and painted even motors. Masking tape was used to protect some of their parts.
Once we had the base frame and Y-axis assembled, it was time to give the machine a slightly worn look. The method to achieve this is called “weathering” and while the process is quite simple and straightforward, the results are impressive. Take a sponge and dip it into several different colors in this order: black – brown – orange – silver. Then, gently tap the frame with the sponge to create a worn metal effect. You can use the same method to replicate the look of oil residue around the screws. If you want to learn more about various post-processing effects, head over to our YouTube channel.
Once the base paint is done, we can start adding more layers – actual 3D models.
Futuristic LCD technology
The LCD frame went through a major overhaul. Even though we started with the basic MK3S display frame, the number of custom pieces to fit around the display turns the simple standard part into a futuristic device.
We left the LCD itself untouched because the blue tint of the segment display goes pretty well with the cyberpunk theme. The paint job was finished with weathering effects to unifyContinue reading