I can't pony up the $200+ dollars to actually get the final product, but I'm throwing some money at the campaign in the hope that Mattel will notice this guy's effort to create bad-ass Barbie gear.
Also - this suit of armor is awesome and wicked lovely.
Finally - Jim Rodda, the designer/creator, is from Wisconsin, my home state. This makes me very, very happy.
The inspiration for this armor came, indirectly, from my four-year-old
niece. I wanted to print something unique for her next birthday, and so
decided to design and engineer a pair of My Little Pony-compatible
glitter cannons. (Note to self: next Kickstarter should involve My Little Pony-compatible glitter cannons.)
Moving parts and springs can be tough to do at this level of 3D
printing, and after a few test prints I became frustrated and fell back
on my usual method for generating new ideas: drinking three lattes and
taking a hot shower.
Midway through my fourth latte, the idea to create 3D printed armor for Barbie sprang from my head, fully formed.