The trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens stirred many an emotion in fans, past and present. But one thing curiously drew more ire than others: when that claymore-like lightsaber made its appearance, few people could keep quiet about it.
It was only a mere couple of days after the trailer for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens was released, and the internet awoke to find out that someone had made a 3D-printed version of said weapon.
Rather than wait till next year for the merchandising machine to start the ball rolling, le intrepid Le FabShop shows you what you can do on your own with some elbow grease, a spool of PLA and a good ol’ 3D printer.
For some reason (we’re not complaining, really) Le FabShop was able to churn out a reasonably decent design in a matter of days, and even better, post their design files on Thingiverse. Admittedly, as they themselves would concede, the design is rather sparse, no thanks to the item’s teasingly brief appearance in a dark setting. But, as the videos testify, structurally it’s close enough.
The upside of Le FabShop’s design is that it is modular, and you can customise it whichever way you want; you can apply your own romantic interpretation, inject your own design ideas that you think is better, keep it as it is, or strip it down and make an old school replica.
According to Le FabShop all parts can be printed on an FFF/FDM desktop 3D printer with PLA, with a recommended layer resolution of 0.2mm. Le FabShop even includes designs for a belt clip in event you need to hide it away and look normal – or as normal as you can be in that sort of social situation.