This last week I fulfilled a customer commission for Link’s Master Sword from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The blade is laser cut plywood and the cross guard was 3d printed. This is the first time Ive made something like this and I am rather happy with how it came out. Top is the finished version and the lower one is the first test fit to better display how it came together.
Oooh! Cool! (And great print job too!)
That turned out great! And great job combining the two tools!
Wow, I’m constantly amazed by cosplay maker skills. Awesome finish
Oh man! now I want to make one. I’ll try my hand at a powersword fully lasercut…
Wow, amazing! Did you hand-bevel that edge?
Yes I did. I am building a jig to help make it a bit more consistent and faster next time though.
A standard grinding wheel like you would use for a real sword would be extremely fast on wood. Even a better way if the blade will fit would be a 3d engrave.
That’s awesome! What kind of 3D printer do you have?
I’ve got a tiny Monoprice Mini Select and a ridiculously big Creality CR-10s Max. Both are great for different things but the Monoprice is harder to find replace parts for or improve. I make props and seem to collect fun tools to make them.
I used the same tools I used for making real blades but the wood comes off so fast in some cases it is difficult to keep it straight. I feel something to hold the wood at the right angle for my router table would be the best.
That sort of thing when you have two 3d printers and a Glowforge I would hardly consider a thing even as a fixture to hold the work while you spent 30seconds putting a nice concave edge on the wooden blade.
I was looking at the CR-10 as I am not sure if ridiculously big is possible as long as it could do small as well but am put off a bit by the ridiculously long build times 3d printers take and why the decision went to the Glowforge, but am wondering how yours is for ease of use?
Sorry if I am missing your point, I am having a bit of trouble understanding what you are asking. The CR-10 does small as well as big so that’s not such a huge concern for me but since I am working on helmets and body armor shapes it will be very helpful to have the extra volume if needed.
The build times for the 3d printers don’t bother me a lot. In the sword I spent days trying to build it by hand and finally turned to 3d printing it as a last resort. It came out so nice it changed my opinions on 3d printers entirely. Prints that take 8+ hours I start in the evening and let run all night. I try and use whichever tool is best for the job. I used 3d printing treads for an RC tank and laser cutting pieces for the chassis.
I’m sorry I guess I was a bit vague. As you are making props you do not need to mass produced your work or make the stuff in materials the 3d printer will not do. And I do certainly get your point that it is a darn site faster than a whittling knife and sandpaper. I do. dearly wish I had that kind of market
Working for a time at Disney, I expected they would be more advanced than anyone, but found the opposite to be true, in the design and building area anyway.
With the suggestion often made that robots will eventually take everyone’s job, having a robot with reasonable productivity seemed like a way to cut the costs and compete was doing so as I did making gold jewelery 50 years ago before the materials cost more than the piece could be sold for.
In your line of work it is easy to see how the CR-10 would pay its way, but much less obvious, otherwise.
I know we’ll how to pull molds and do castings but in my current circumstances not possible physically much less financially and even the little it takes to clean up after the Glowforge is a strain of a lack of space or tools.
Typing this I realize that I would really love to have a CR-10 and could fill my house with amazing stuff, but without further processing not pay its way or even sells enough to keep from drowning in my own stuff, and would love a way to make that not true and asking how that works out for you, and aside from what it makes how reliable and easy to maintain. All three things far easier for yourself than I would find them.