• I've got a few of these from Brickworld 08'. :) - ~Entropy~
  • Are there any changes between these? - ~Sean O'Hara~
  • Yes, the application of the matte texture to the mold. Take a look at the larger sizes to see the difference!

BrickArms Brodie Helmet Development - Prototype, First Article, and Final Production Samples

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Organizing my collection the other day, I realized I had samples of every step of development of the BrickArms Brodie Helmet, so I thought I'd take some pictures to document the development of this accessory:

Prototype - Used to test Will's CAD design. Created using hand-injection of an aluminum prototype mold Will cut using his personal CNC.

Eventually, Will submitted this design as well as other helmet designs to his tooler for work to begin on the production mold to create new BrickArms headgear

First Article - Created from the new solid steel, professionally-tooled production mold (called a "tool" in production terminology) as it was being developed to ensure the parts are exact to the Will's designs and function as need (correct fits, grips, etc). Based on testing of the first articles, Will then communicates with the tooler for any additional work that needs to be done to the tool (recutting, polishing).

First articles are not prototypes; at that point in the production process, the design itself is finalized, and the mold used to produce them is tool from which the production parts will be created. Articles aren't tests of designs but of the tool itself.

One neat part about the above Brodie article: notice the first article lacks the matte finish of the final production part. This is because this article was created before that texture had been applied to the mold

Final Production - Once Will approves the mold for production, the tooler sends the mold to the molder and production runs of the tool in various colors can begin!

Three different accessories, each one a piece of BrickArms history!

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  1. abstracted roof [deleted] 97 months ago

    like the 2nd and the 3rd ones the most

  2. tangible treatment [deleted] 97 months ago

    This is awesome!
    THanks for the info Badger!

  3. pumped suit [deleted] 97 months ago

    It looks also as if the Production version is a mite taller then the First Article version. Awesome display here!

  4. enigmabadger 97 months ago

    pumped suit Nope, just the effect of me not lining up the pictures on the same level. The only difference between the first article and production version is the matte finish.

  5. glistening run [deleted] 97 months ago

    May I ask the difference between First Article & Production?

  6. ~Tac~ 97 months ago

    Nothing apparently, it's to test the tool.

  7. mundane level [deleted] 97 months ago

    Wow, cool! Were any of these "First Articles" ever released/given out at cons?

  8. glistening run [deleted] 97 months ago

    Luke Lyons Hmm. The Production looks a little more rounded.

  9. .zzZZzz. 97 months ago

    Interesting...

  10. abstracted roof [deleted] 97 months ago

    i like the shape of the 2nd one the most but the kind of bubbles on the production one is so awesome
    or is it the angle that the production looks a bit rounder ^

  11. PJ_Penn 97 months ago

    The first article seems best, thanks for sharing badger. ;)

  12. rebel camera [deleted] 97 months ago

    Mhm, the final production and prototype look the same.

  13. enigmabadger 97 months ago

    Glistening Run "May I ask the difference between First Article & Production?"

    Like I said before, absolutely nothing except for the applied texture of the matte finish.

    rebel camera Heh, that's more due to the fact the Brodie prototype mold saw a good deal of service and ended up fairly weathered by the time the design saw mass production. ABS is an abrasive, and the aluminum of prototype molds does get scratched over time and repeated injections.

    Actually, for military headgear, the beat-up look works pretty well, and that was a big part of the reason Will went with the matte finish for the final production items. A bright, shiny helmet generally isn't something troops would want to wear into battle!

    The overall design is identical, if that's what you mean. Sometimes, the first pass Will does on a design ends up being the final one!

  14. rebel camera [deleted] 97 months ago

    enigmabadger Yea, I really do like the beaten up look on the prototype. But I think you can acquire the look by lightly sanding the helmet. The only helmet I don't think would look good beaten up is the Modern Combat Helmet.

  15. [funkymân] 97 months ago

    Has Will ever thought of making the Brodies in the OD green color?

  16. enigmabadger 97 months ago

    Your mom Will does have neat plans to expand the color selection of BrickArms headgear. That's all that can be said at this time.

    If you have any questions about the development and production of the Brodie, feel free to ask, but at this point, those are the only questions I'll respond to here and not "Will X accessory be available in Y color?".

  17. Heer Kommandant 97 months ago

    I have one and it is from Brickfair 09, it has large indents, is it a proto?

  18. enigmabadger 97 months ago

    Heer Kommandant If you obtained it at Brickfair 2009, yes, it would definitely be a prototype

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