Kirby Downey, who we featured a few weeks ago for his impressive Duke MK 44 hand cannon, raised the bar with another video game replica prop weapon — the Thunderlord from Destiny! While replica prop weapons are something of a cosplay standard — accessories that are as important as clothing when you are aiming for gaming cosplay — this design and printing project tackles a number of additional production challenges and may sell more cosplay and replica props designers on the value of a multi-material desktop printer.
After making my Duke MK 44 hand cannon I tasked myself with creating this is replica model of the Thunderlord from the recently released Destiny. This model consists of 45 parts all printed with three different materials, PLA, Ninjaflex and carbon fiber. The main body is regular PLA, the pipes, the bullet belt and the end of the butt stock is printed in ninjaflex and the site and the site rail are carbon fiber, the largest part on the model is the cartridge halves that measure at 160mm x 150mm x100 mm. This is one of the most well known weapons in Destiny due to it’s usage during E3.
Thunderlord is an exotic machine gun. It can be obtained from a chest in the Vault of Glass raid, as a reward from the Weekly Nightfall Strike, or as an end-of-match reward from the Crucible. Thunderlord was demonstrated in Bungie’s E3 2013 gameplay demo. In addition, its design and general philosophy were outlined in a brief news article on Bungie’s website.
…this model was printed in many parts, the main body was printed with grey PLA at 0.2mm resolution, 15% infill, the flexible parts which are the pipes, the but stock, the bullet belt are ninjaflex at 15% infill 0.15 mm resolution. the site and site rail are printed in Carbon Fiber they all joined with an epoxy resin. you can just use surgical tubing, cable and filament as the pipes if you cannot print with a flexible material…
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!