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Mandalorian Armor => Soft Parts => Topic started by: hoffma2026 on Feb 20, 2021, 05:07 PM

Title: Attaching Armor to soft parts (Question)
Post by: hoffma2026 on Feb 20, 2021, 05:07 PM
Iíso Iím going to 3D print my armor, and I donít know how to attach the hard parts (mainly chest plates and shoulders) onto the soft parts.
I was thinking hot glue but now it doesnít seem as good of an idea as it did before, and I am unable to edit the 3D files to have holes to sew everything on. Does anyone have any tips? Iím also looking for better ways to attach my leg armor than elastic and Velcro. Thank you!
Title: Re: Attaching Armor to soft parts (Question)
Post by: Aratris on Feb 20, 2021, 09:47 PM
I doubt any kind of hot glue would work.
I personally use Velcro I sewed onto the soft parts and stuck onto the hard parts, but it hasn't been working out very well with the spacing on the chest pieces.
My personal choice in retrospect would be lots of magnets.
Title: Re: Attaching Armor to soft parts (Question)
Post by: hoffma2026 on Feb 20, 2021, 09:54 PM
I doubt any kind of hot glue would work.
I personally use Velcro I sewed onto the soft parts and stuck onto the hard parts, but it hasn't been working out very well with the spacing on the chest pieces.
My personal choice in retrospect would be lots of magnets.

Ok, thank you for the tips! I would of never thought of magnets!
Title: Re: Attaching Armor to soft parts (Question)
Post by: jett drexel on Feb 20, 2021, 10:52 PM
hot glue is actually a c.r.l. no no when it comes to plate attachment. industrial velcro works well if you use the adhesive type on your plates and the sew on type on your soft parts.  ;)
Title: Re: Attaching Armor to soft parts (Question)
Post by: kalannadae on Feb 21, 2021, 01:22 AM
Iím personally planning on a combination of Velcro/magnets for the majority of my plates. Iíve heard from people in my clan that the industrial strength Velcro is pretty good and unlikely to fail, but also that placement can be tricky. So as I said, planning on Velcro in the center of the plates and magnets towards the edges/points.

I also figure that a combo of two methods is less likely to fail.

For shoulders though, Iím planning on doing a version of this (https://youtu.be/ftt__6fAbH8). Not exact, but the general idea.
Title: Re: Attaching Armor to soft parts (Question)
Post by: Vercopaanir on Feb 26, 2021, 09:04 AM
Magnets work well and can be moved around as needed if youíre planning on sewing pockets to keep them in.

Snaps are another option. Sew on snaps can be moved if they arenít placed right but they run small so it would take a few. The heavy duty kind require you to put hoes in your vest to hold them in place. ( you would have to glue to other side to the back of your plates and nail the placement)

You could also, very carefully, drill small holes through your plates and use Chicago screws to secure your armor to your vest. ( or try gluing the screw head to the underside of the plates, personally not much success with the glue without an inset to place them) Again this requires holes in the vest so you want to be really sure of your placement before doing this. (I used this for my hand plates and shoulder bells.)

Personally, for my chest armor,I used a mixture of butterfly pins ( changed the backs out for locking ones) and magnets. The pins are glued to the back of the chest plates with JB Weld ( not sure if that would work on a 3D print sorry).  This works great for me. The pins only make small holes and can be moved easily when determining placement for plates and magnets. The magnets are what really hold my plates on.

For my leg armor ( I went shnees) it is attached using leather straps and D-rings. Hopefully that helps.  :)
Title: Re: Attaching Armor to soft parts (Question)
Post by: Tramp Graphics on Apr 24, 2021, 02:17 AM
Another option is to connect your plates together with nylon or even leather straps into a single cuirass you can just wear over your vest. Epoxy works great for attaching straps to the armor, or rivets. Thatís how Iím ďmountingĒ my armor. None of it will be attached directly to the vest. This leaves the vest completely in marred by Velcro, snaps, etc.