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  1. Rhapsodyred99's Avatar
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    Apr 19, 2013, 10:02 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #76

    Wish I had a 3d printer! Anyone in the states with one want to do a run? Your work is fantastic Arch!
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    Apr 21, 2013, 11:11 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #77

    sorry it's taking so long to make this guys... (I definitely want one myself ). Unfortunately all my efforts are towards graduating from college this week but once things settle down I will take the time to really sit down and optimize the file and make it functional so that April and everyone on the dented helmet can use the file however they wish!

    Thank you all for your patience and understanding!
  3. May 3, 2013, 11:48 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #78

    Awesome work
  4. May 5, 2013, 9:53 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #79

    really good work man
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    May 8, 2013, 3:54 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #80

    These look great. I'd be interested in a printed copy if the price was right.
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    May 8, 2013, 8:41 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #81

    i dont know if this will be much help but here it goes:
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    May 13, 2013, 10:32 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #82

    Hey all.

    Sorry for the delay (things got crazy at the end of the semester), but I'm all done with school so I was able to take a look at my file to correct some issues. Unfortunately, for 3D printing, 3DS Max has better STL file exports than Maya does. However, for whatever reason 3DS Max isn't starting for me so I am unable to export one myself... Here is the OBJ file however if someone else can do this until I can resolve my issues with 3DS Max.

    http://rapidshare.com/files/66917751...chaster777.obj
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    May 14, 2013, 6:54 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #83

    This is looking really good now, I can work with this new file just fine and have successfully converted it into a printable STL. However, I will slice it up further so it will print more efficently on a domestic 3D printer.

    I usually upload the models I make to thingiverse to share as it renders everything nicely: About AprilStorm - Thingiverse

    But seeing as this is your design Archaster, Could I ask you to upload the STLs I produce from your model under your name? It would mean setting up an account on thingiverse.
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    May 14, 2013, 7:10 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #84

    Sizing. Its very very close to the references. The length is virtually spot on.



    Also nice addition with the oval shape:
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    May 14, 2013, 8:00 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #85

    This is how I break the model up for printing. The printer isnt any good printing overhangs, also this way I can set the printer not to print an infill and it will automatically make the barrel sections hollow.



    STLs can be found in this file: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0tK...it?usp=sharing
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    May 15, 2013, 4:18 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #86

    Excellent job from both of you, Arch and April! I love seeing group works done professionally!
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    May 19, 2013, 8:48 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #87

    Good to see this posted up on thingiverse: Boba Fett Empire Strikes Back Sidearm by Archaster777 - Thingiverse
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    Jun 2, 2013, 5:11 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #88

    Hey all,

    I finally have a Pepakura version of this piece done. I ended up having to re-draw the whole thing to try and reduce the poly count but I used the original as a template, so credit goes to Archaster777 for the design. I will issue a warning in advance to anyone who chooses this method... the build up of this piece WILL BE A NIGHTMARE! Mostly at the union point between the handle and the main barrel. That was the nightmarish portion to unfold too. Here is the download link for the pep file. Enjoy!
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    Jun 3, 2013, 4:17 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #89

    Quote t_bone9600 said: View Post
    Hey all,

    I finally have a Pepakura version of this piece done. I ended up having to re-draw the whole thing to try and reduce the poly count but I used the original as a template, so credit goes to Archaster777 for the design. I will issue a warning in advance to anyone who chooses this method... the build up of this piece WILL BE A NIGHTMARE! Mostly at the union point between the handle and the main barrel. That was the nightmarish portion to unfold too. Here is the download link for the pep file. Enjoy!
    This is great, but I can't download from that site without signing up, and I would like to avoid this. You could ZIP the PDO file and post it here as attachment. Thanks for the hard work you all did!
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    Jun 14, 2013, 10:49 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #90

    Here is a zipped file for those who can not or do not wish to use the download link.

    ESB Sidearm final.zip
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    Jul 17, 2013, 11:58 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #91

    April, Is there any update as to a run of these? I'd be very interested.
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    Jul 22, 2013, 1:09 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #92

    I would love a run of these...
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    Jul 26, 2013, 4:24 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #93

    Im not particularly fast at making these but I am still able to supply
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    Aug 3, 2013, 3:55 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #94

    I thought I would post up some of the things I do to finish these 3D printed items. Namely gluing and Finishing.

    Gluing multiple parts. If the item is printed in ABS, the best glue is an acetone / plastic welding cement: Most plastic cements work, eg the type for airfix kits. ABS glue and if you can find it in hardware stores, PVC plumbers glue, sometimes is a blue color. You can also try acetone (nail polish remover)

    Finishing:
    Once you glue the parts you may need to sand the visible lines where the parts have been glued. Use your judgement but I just use a power mouse sanded and then by hand.

    Another trick is to liberally paint the blaster in acetone, this will soften the print lines.

    And yet another is to use "hammered" finish metal spray paint as the undercoat. Its a really thick paint that tends to fill in the print lines, though it takes a day to dry. I usually use the silver, this way if the item gets scratched it looks like metal.

    The blaster below was a "second" as it didnt print very well and hence It wasnt up to scratch to pass on to others paying for the printing service. I was able to more or less rescue it using the above techniques. You can see how the hammered metal spray seems to fill most of the print lines. another sand and its ready for proper painting.


  20. Aug 3, 2013, 4:45 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #95

    I picked up one of April's sidearms a month or two ago and finally got around to doing some work on it. I glued the pieces with araldite and have been using car filler mixed with acetone and painted on with a brush to smooth out the lines then sanded by hand.

    Its a very nice prop and lightweight. Cheers April.

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    Aug 8, 2013, 11:24 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #96

    aprilstorm,
    was wondering if you are making any of these soon? looking to complete my fett by end of september. please let me know,
    thanks!
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    Aug 10, 2013, 2:29 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #97

    I have two printed right now, just PM me for details, as I dont want to hijack this thread. Arch put the files up on thingiverse for anyone to download and print them too. Im not really a prop maker but am willing to help people out by printing them
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    Aug 15, 2013, 2:14 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #98

    Just finished one of April's 3D printed sidearms. I love how light this thing is! Click image for larger version. 

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    And it fits in the holster! It's a tight squeeze but works out fine.

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    Aug 16, 2013, 5:19 PM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #99

    I'm really glad the blaster is doing good for everyone. Thanks again April for making this accessible for members here at TDH.
  25. Aug 18, 2013, 12:36 AM - Re: 3D ESB sidearm #100

    @Wes7 looks awesome man.

    Thought Id post how mine turned out. I used terracotta spray paint for the handle and dabbed on matt black paint.

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