Artificial Tiberium Cluster

Who doesn't want to have a Tiberium Cluster at his/her Place? ;-)

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This project is about to build something which looks like a Tiberium Crystal Cluster. The feeling Sensation is left out ;)

Tiberium is a dense "dynamic proton lattice" held together by exotic heavy particles. When Tiberium comes into contact with other matter, the heavy particles randomly collide with the nuclei of the target matter, smashing it to pieces (in the case of smaller nuclei) or incrementally knocking off protons or neutrons (in the case of heavier nuclei). Tiberium captures a fraction of the protons that are ejected during this collision process and incorporates them into its own structure, thus transmuting matter into more Tiberium. Whenever one of the heavy particles—a muon or tauon—collides with an atomic nucleus, fission occurs, which results in the production of alpha, beta, and gamma radiation as well as other forms of electromagnetic radiation (like infra-red). During the transmutation process, nuclei that Tiberium has come into contact with may be changed into nuclei with different (usually fewer) numbers of protons or neutrons.
— Mike Verdu, Living with Tiberium
What happens if you're exposed to Tiberium? Nothing good. If you come into direct contact with Tiberium, the green matter will start to fuse with your skin within about 20 seconds. You'll feel an intense burning sensation, similar to touching a hot pan or spilling acid on your skin. A full blown infection will manifest if you aren't treated immediately. Your flesh will begin to take on a glassy-greenish appearance as it begins to crystallize; eventually your internal organs will shut down as Tiberium extends rigid crystalline runners throughout your body. If you breathe in the crystal, then it will become embedded in your lungs. You'll lose the ability to process oxygen as your lung tissue crystallizes. Eventually you'll start coughing up blood and will hemorrhage to death.
— Mike Verdu, Living with Tiberium

Since real Tiberium is really dangerous, i settled with an artificial Tiberium cluster created form mountain crystal. Spoiler Alert: I really like the outcome. I will take some more time to complete the Built logs soon :-)

P.S.: Don't mistake Tiberium for Kryptonite! Kryptonite doesn't grow on planet earth... ;-)


The final Sketch for 5 LED channels with easy editing

ino - 1.72 kB - 03/01/2017 at 22:34



Here take some Tiberium ;-)

Standard Tesselated Geometry - 203.81 kB - 02/16/2017 at 20:40


  • 1 × Arduino compatible µC (Or whatever you like) I used my #1853 Atmega Hearth
  • 5 × Green LED I used some PLCC2 Green SMD LEDs, Maybe you wanna use other Colors.
  • 5 × Series Resistors For Green LEDs i calculated 100 Ohm (0805)
  • 2 × enameled copper wire I used about 1.5m, you could also use small cables.
  • 1 × mountain crystal cluster I got mine at a local store at a crystal museum

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  • 1
    Step 1

    Collect the needed Materials (See above)

  • 2
    Step 2

    Solder enameled copper wire to the selected LEDs

  • 3
    Step 3

    Prepare a control PCB (Maybe you want to google Bare Bone Arduino), Flash the Programm to the Controller.

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David H Haffner Sr wrote 03/01/2017 at 22:26 point

Tiberium, known as Ichor to the Scrin, is a fictional substance that is central to the plot of much of the Command & Conquer series of real-time strategy computer games.

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Stefan-Xp wrote 03/01/2017 at 22:37 point

Thank you i didn't expect Scrin to read this project ;-)

Best regards, Stefan

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davedarko wrote 02/19/2017 at 17:42 point

Epoxy/Resin might be something, a bit "pricey" for a project, but doable - 20-30 EUR a litre might not be pricey at all for you, depending on what you're willing to pay :) 

There are some on eBay that sell left overs of acrylic sheets, maybe a maker space "close" to you is able to laser cut something? That's where I got my sheets for #Ignore this ESP8266 board from ;) 

You could also buy a 3D printer. They're awesome :)

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Stefan-Xp wrote 02/19/2017 at 18:23 point

Yes it always depends on what man is willing to pay :-/

Is it possible to cut Acrylics in Angles? I would want at least 5 or 6 Edge corpse.

The 3D Printer is also still on my Wishlist ;-) but at the moment I'm still not willing to pay much for it.

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davedarko wrote 02/19/2017 at 22:19 point

or you accumulate stuff and just don't notice anymore :D 

It is possible to machine (cnc milling) acrylic sheets, but most laser cutting service will look weird if you ask them to change the angle of the laser ;) 

There are "cheap" printers out there that gets stuff printed. There's also the possibilty of a maker space that could help you out. Not sure about that.

Your stl file is a bit weird, I tried to fix it with meshlab, but wasn't able to. Seems to contaim multiple objects that aren't really joined to one peace.

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Yvan256 wrote 02/19/2017 at 16:58 point

update: try to look for someone with a Form1 or Form2 printer. There's clear resin that will probably look more than good enough for your project.

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Yvan256 wrote 02/19/2017 at 16:56 point

Shapeways are professional printers, hence their prices. Try looking on for something hopefully cheaper. I think their automatic quote system also does filled parts, so feel free to contact a hub near you about your requirements.

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Stefan-Xp wrote 02/19/2017 at 18:20 point

Thank you! Great ressource, but it also starts at 90€

They also have some Tiberium as Sample Image for clean Resin ;-D.


57.0 ✕ 68.0 ✕ 96.5 mm

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Yvan256 wrote 02/19/2017 at 15:53 point

How about 3D printing with semi-translucent plastic? Maybe PETG? Ask for a "shell print only" of only a few walls thick, it should be strong enough and will make illuminating from the inside.

I don't know where you got your price quotes from, but I'm pretty sure they're way too high.

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Stefan-Xp wrote 02/19/2017 at 16:10 point

I'm not sure if it will apear as wanted.

Thank you. Unfortunately I don't own a 3D Printer. I quoted at Shapeways for transparent material. But it was designed as solid part.

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