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Another Simple 3D Printed Blaster

#1 User is offline   Landru 

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:17 PM

Just in case anybody hasn't been following hobby/low end industrial 3d printing recently; it's come a long way.

I've been lucky enough to start a company making (and soon to be selling) 3d printers, and as such, get to make/print a pile of stuff for testing and for fun.

I used to do a lot of Nerf stuff with HvZ, so I decided to design a printable blaster from scratch for funzies. It just happens to be a good example of what a 3D printer that costs under 3K can do. The material is around $1 per in^3 so making custom parts is a lot more feasible than it once was.

The whole gun took about 13hrs of print time, but only $10 in plastic. The springs I had laying around the house. I think the primary spring is from an old night-finder but I'm really not sure. It gets about 1.5x the distance of a lightly modded maverick. It was designed for a fun proof of concept to be built upon upon, not for performance.

Everything plastic was printed on a Fablicator except for the PVC cylinder. It is all ABS except for the catch, which is PLA. The designs will be uploaded to thingiverse once some last minute changes are finalized.

The whole thing is every bit as rigid as an off the shelf Nerf blaster, if not more so.

Shameless plug; The website for the 3d printer I designed is www.fablicator.com (still under light construction)

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:22 PM

Props and shizz!
I really like this. Is the red thing at the front like a bushing or coupler?
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:34 PM

I freaking love this. Great work!
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:38 PM

The red piece is the barrel. It's made for stock DTs so it only has to be 2.5in long. it threads into the front of the gun so it can be replaced with something more interesting in the future.

View Postchavez_guy, on 31 January 2012 - 10:22 PM, said:

Props and shizz!
I really like this. Is the red thing at the front like a bushing or coupler?


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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:50 PM

Crossbow shells?!

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:57 PM

That is awesome!
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 10:58 PM

View Postsoloz1, on 31 January 2012 - 10:50 PM, said:

Crossbow shells?!


I looked at his website. Sadly it looks like its Printing bed is only 7x7. I await the day when we all can have access to wonderful machines like this, It would change our hobby forever. I mean c'mon being able to print %90+ of your blasters components in your house!

Somebody could make a killing selling 'Vintage' Nerf shells if they had the tooling.
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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:04 PM

View Post_Nerfomania_, on 31 January 2012 - 10:58 PM, said:

I looked at his website. Sadly it looks like its Printing bed is only 7x7. I await the day when we all can have access to wonderful machines like this, It would change our hobby forever. I mean c'mon being able to print %90+ of your blasters components in your house!

Somebody could make a killing selling 'Vintage' Nerf shells if they had the tooling.

Crossbow shells. I want. SO MUCH WANT.

We need to find someone with a big enough printer.

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:16 PM

As patents keep running out 3d printing will keep become cheaper and more capable. It's always possible to make multiple pieces and glue/screw/clip them together to make larger parts.

I'm not sure 'vintage' shells would be a good idea though; companies take their copyrights very seriously (even if they currently are not making money off them)


View Post_Nerfomania_, on 31 January 2012 - 10:58 PM, said:

I looked at his website. Sadly it looks like its Printing bed is only 7x7. I await the day when we all can have access to wonderful machines like this, It would change our hobby forever. I mean c'mon being able to print %90+ of your blasters components in your house!

Somebody could make a killing selling 'Vintage' Nerf shells if they had the tooling.


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Posted 01 February 2012 - 12:07 AM

This is amazing! A video game pistol or some other replica such as a Halo Reach magnum replica with NiteFinder internals would be amazing, both this community and us cosplayers would buy them.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 06:55 AM

View PostLandru, on 31 January 2012 - 11:16 PM, said:

As patents keep running out 3d printing will keep become cheaper and more capable. It's always possible to make multiple pieces and glue/screw/clip them together to make larger parts.

I'm not sure 'vintage' shells would be a good idea though; companies take their copyrights very seriously (even if they currently are not making money off them)

You could just make some changes in the shell, maybe slightly different handle, no hole at the top where the stock arrow barrel went, etc. Also, I think the crossbow copyright ran out
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:22 AM

That's quite the awesome you've got there. Do you think you might ever sell printed pistols?

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:28 AM

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 07:57 AM

Are the files for this gun on your site? I have access to a 3D printer and would like to print one out.
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Posted 01 February 2012 - 08:08 AM

I love how everyone's first thought is "crossbowshell omgbbq creammypants".

However this is awesome. Regardless of how large or small the printing area is, 7x7 is a good enough size to print many useful items that are otherwise harder or impossible to make. Things like triggers and catches, and custom bushings come to mind. We don't have to immediately take this to crossbow shells.

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