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Old 9th October 2013, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default Sword of Omens for 3D Printer WIP

My 3D printer of choice (the Buccaneer by Pirate 3D) is getting closer to launching, which means I should be getting my printer in the next several months (I hope!). So, time to start modelling something to actually print with it.

As usual, I've gone for my default testbed item, one I've been boarderline obsessed with since the 80's. The Sword of Omens from Thundercats. Only have the crossguards done so far (and I'm still tweaking them, just started it today), and as you can see from the pegs my goal will be to make these printable so they can be assembled into a finished physical replica. Since the print space is fairly limited (about a cubic foot), everything will need to be broken down into pieces like a resin kit.

Will probably take several test prints to figure out exactly what kind of limits this new medium has (may have to stick in some sprues for printing), but here's hoping I'll have a 1:1 replica hanging on my wall by end of next year!
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Old 9th October 2013, 03:39 PM   #2
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Looks great so far, but I have to ask. How are you going to print the blade

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Old 10th October 2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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I'll model a slot inside the blade to house a flat metal rod for strength, print it out in 10-12" sections, slide it all together like a chain whip sword, glue it all down, and fill the gaps with epoxy like I was working a resin model kit.

Which is what this will basically end up being, a really big model kit.
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Old 11th October 2013, 09:32 AM   #4
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Very creative use of available resources sir, I salute you.

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Old 21st October 2013, 05:14 PM   #5
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Whew, the hardest parts are now done.

Somebody remind me to obsess over a less ornate sword next time.
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Old 23rd October 2013, 12:02 AM   #6
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Oh, and just for the record, thats not a texture on the Eye of Thundera. I carved the cat's head into the surface so that it will print as a recessed slot.
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