This project has been quite the challenge, but I’ve completed a commission for an Infinity Gauntlet replica – custom fit to size, with leather, steel, lights and a battery pack. Step-by-step to follow.
One year ago, I posted by first finished Master Sword to Reddit to a great reception. The feedback I received from that thread drove me to improve and give myself more resources. I’ve put together a retrospective, which gained a significant amount of traction through Imgur.
Check it out! – Link
My Solidoodle 3 arrived a week ago, and I’ve been having some fun.
The first hour:
There have been successes: (The first 48 hours)
And some failures: (PSA: Make a filament guide)
Once I wrap up some current projects, I hope to compose a very detailed post about the pros, cons, and what to expect from this 3D printer.
For the Bat’leth, I started with a few difference references to get the scale and shape correct.
The first draft looked like this:
I showed it off to a fan form for them to tear it apart. They exceeded my expectations, and directed me to an episode of Deep Space 9:
http://www.startrek.com/watch_episode/T_FQA19c6LaI (relevant clip at 22:39)
DAX: Computer. I want a Klingon bat’leth, tip to tip one hundred and sixteen centimetres, weight five point three kilos with an exterior handgripping diameter of five centimetres. Blades composite baakonite.
KOLOTH: Ah, a warrior’s configuration. Now what are you going to do with it?
I went back the sketch, increased the size and thickness, and changed the shape to get the weight spot on.
Then I cut it on the CNC plasma cutter:
Here’s the product so far:
Next up, I’ll want to invent a grinder attachment to make these long edges much safer to grind.
Estimated project completion: November 2013