Making Great Things
Ever wanted to own a Captain America Shield, An Infinity War Gauntlet, or a bust of your favorite hero? Well, the Magic of 3D printing and the internet make it all possible.
Here is how the team at Voodoo Manufacturing created a life-size replica of a Stormbreaker:
Finding The STL Files
If you are an experienced CAD designer or a curious TinkerCad user, you can probably create your own files. But if you don't fall on either of those categories, you can find thousands of ready-to-print files on Thingiverse.
We went on Thingiverse and typed "Stormbreaker." A few options came up, but we chose this model.
After downloading "all files," we made sure to review them to check sizes and eliminate all duplicates and only have the ones needed for one replica. --Note that the author includes detailed notes about the model and its components.
Getting All STL Files 3D Printed
Once our files were ready, we headed to Voodoomfg.com. There we uploaded the files and selected colors and materials. This part is very important if you want to make a full-color replica. We selected silver for the ax/hammer and brown for the handle.
Parts are normally ready to ship within 3-5 business days.
*Printing this specific life-size replica can get a little pricey, so feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a special discount.
Assembling The Stormbreaker
Once all 3D printed parts are delivered, it is time to start the assembly process, which is divided into 3 sections:
- Planning and testing
- We set up an assembly station -A clean, flat surface is important for assembling large things, as well as an appropriate height for the person doing the assembly.
- We gathered all the supplies:
- Printed Parts
- CA Glue (superglue)
- Activator Spray (if available)
- 1/4" reinforcement rods (printed)
Planning and Testing
- Planning: We decided we were gonna do our assembly in 3 main chunks, so we grouped all parts belonging to each chunk:
- The Handle
- The Head
- The Handle/Head Interface
- Testing: We dry-fitted all parts to get them ready for gluing.
This was the lengthiest part of the project. Using the CA glue and activator spray we assembled the three sections in the following order:
1. Handle/Head Interface:
3. Handle/Head Interface and Head:
4/5. Handle, Handle to Interface/Head:
Posing Like a Boss
Once we completed it, we had some good fun breaking storms around the factory:
So, get to making things and let us know if you have any questions!!!!