A few weeks ago, I made an icosahedron using Fusion 360 and started playing with different ideas. On an episode of 3D Hangouts, I showed how to design one and went as far as hollowing it out and adding several LEDs to light it up. Originally, I planned to make it into a desktop ornament but shortly after, I had the idea of turning it into some sort of prop for cosplay. I though it’d make a cool looking pommel for a sword or battle axle. Not sure exactly why, but I landed on making a mace. At first, I was going to make the glowing icosahedron as the pommel but after mocking up a design, I realized there was more potential if it was the head and not the butt 🙂
Anyway, this project was a lot of fun to work on. I like how most of the pieces are modular and screw/twist together via custom threads. I used some pretty cool filaments like polishable steel composite PLA and corkFill wood composite PLA. The goal of this project is to inspire cosplayers and prop makers to use electronics in their builds. By incorporating micro-controllers and NeoPixel LEDs, I think it adds that extra dimension which makes it stand out. If a mace isn’t your jam, I think folks could use this tutorial as a guide for making a number of different props. The components and circuit can totally be used in lots of different ways, for example, this could be a sword, battle axe or even a wearable gauntlet.
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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!
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