Rockford machine shop makes 3D printed ‘Baby Yoda’

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — To coincide with the release of the latest “Star Wars” film, 425 Manufacturing decided to test out its new 3D printer by making a model of “Baby Yoda,” as seen on Disney+’s “The Mandalorian.”

Mike Thomason at 425 Manufacturing, 5004 27th Avenue, turned realizing a physical model of the “Baby Yoda” character as a project to test out the shop’s new machine.

The company normally uses the printer to make prototypes, saying it is less expensive and faster than other methods.

Design engineer Ryan Letzter had some concerns when Thompson approached him with the idea of making the fan-favorite character.

“Our biggest fear was finding a [3D] model [online] that would actually have a good enough resolution – it wouldn’t have the blockiness or the square polygons that you tend to get from some of the 3D designs,” he said. “We found a model that was pretty close and we all had to decide on the right size.”

After the Baby Yoda figurine was printed, Letzter hand painted it and put it up on eBay.

The project isn’t designed to make money, he says, but to put the new printer through it’s paces…and celebrate all things “Star Wars.”

The latest film in the space saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” opens today in theaters nationwide.

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