I would like to show you my 3D printed lightsaber.
This has been the first big project with my 3D printer.
I started with a Prusa i3 I got online and since I saw that video of Jacky aka Valcrow I wanted to print this awesome lightsaber!
It represents the version of Obi Wan and it comes in two different versions:
A simple version (4 parts) and a complex version (14 parts). They are both available on Youmagine.com.
I chose the complex version since it shows much more details and I was curious how far I can go with my Prusa i3
White PLA was used for the print. I knew I was going to use airbrush to give it a cool look I thought the color was ideal for painting it.
The natural look looks nice (Ken proved it already @) but I wanted to have this old rusty look like Valcrow showed in his tutorial video. So I grabbed my brother´s airbrush pistol, bought some paints and gave it a try. I must say this was my first try ever and it is not that easy to handle it.
Here is a list of tools and paints that were used:
- Airbrush with compressor
`- Seasalt (crushed - the larger the variety of size the better)
\- Standard hard bristle brush for dry brushing
\- Standard brush for water application
\- toothpick or stick`
(paints are all acrylic based)
`- dark grey surface primer
\- Dark Brown
- airbrush thinner
`- Water `
You see there were used some extraordinary tools like salt or a toothpick. You don´t believe that? Check out the whole video.
My result is quiet satisfying but I am sure you can do it better!
You can see there are endless possibilities with a 3D printer and some paint.
Coloring your print makes a huge difference and turns your model into an eye-catcher.
Spending time on details can even compensate a medium quality of a 3D print.
What is your experience with painting your 3D prints?