Scientist, neurosurgeon, gunslinger and leader of the rock group the Hong Kong Cavaliers--Buckaroo Banzai, a true Renaissance man, and one of my all-time favorite characters played by the awesome Peter Weller in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. This remains one of my top sci-fi films and while by no means a perfect movie, the cast consists of Peter Weller, John Lithgow (in one of his finest performances), Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd, and Jeff Goldblum--so you know there’s going to be some good stuff in there.
I’m not going to delve into the plot, just watch it, but the film has a great opening with Dr. Banzai testing his oscillation overthruster, a device that he theorizes will allow him to travel through solid matter. In order to do so he outfits the overthruster to a Jetcar which he intends to drive straight through a mountain. When I was a kid I wanted that Jetcar so bad, but Buckaroo Banzai toys were never meant to be. Flash forward a few decades and I’m in a 3D printing class and need something to build and print and I know exactly what that should be.
This was actually my very first 3D print and the most complicated thing I had modeled up to that point. Hence my advice to those getting started with 3D printing--start with something simpler! In the end it turned out great but there was a steep learning curve for both the modeling and 3D print preparation, and I think I may have been better off doing something simpler. But let's walk through that process so you can learn from my early ambitions!