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Apr 9, 2016 | By Kira
When it comes to new parents, crossing those initially few frontiers can be an incredibly amazing time: baby’s initially book, baby’s initially shoes…but baby’s initially sword? No, we are not condoning anything irresponsible here—we are talking of this epic, 3D printed baby rattle sword made by 3D print enthusiast and loving father, Matthew Harrell.

Harrell, a.k.a Targ of Targ’s Workshop, not long ago made this miniature 3D printed broadsword for his 8-month-old ‘wee little warrior’ after being inspired by DutchMogul’s Baby’s First Mace. Even babies, it appears, require to be made for the complex realities of life, and what advantageous way than to outfit them with the latest armor of the forge? (which is, your FDM 3D printing device, of course).
Harrell’s 3D printed rattle consists of four main components: the handle, blade, pommel and jewel. All were 3D printed with no supports on a Lulzbot Taz 5 computer 3D printing device.

To store this baby toy non-toxic and kid-safe, he 3D printed the majority out of bioplastic PLA filament, and chose TGlass 3D printing filament for the jewel. Not just is TGlass non-toxic and FDA approved for use in food containers, but its translucent finish in addition gives the sword a high-end, ‘jewel-esque’ appear.
The secret to getting kids to in fact play with their 3D printed sword is the rattle sound effect, achieved thanks to 3D printed plastic peas. To get the peas within the entirely sealed-off blade, Harrell just inserted them directly into the hollow structure while it was being 3D printed. Once the 3D print is fish, the blade is fishly sealed shut, ensuring the peas are safely ‘entombed’ for eternity.

In terms of assembly, all which is requireed is a few minimal cleaning of the parts, and superglue or epoxy to secure all the pieces together.
Despite the precaution taken to manufacture the 3D printed sword as kid-safe as possible, which include via non-toxic materials, superglue to bind the parts, and designing it with rounded edges, Harrell does caution parents which adult supervision is required. Should any parts take place to brake off, they may present sharp edges or choking hazards. That being said, he has may already 3D printed and assembled 10 baby rattle swords with no issues so far.
It is a easy yet clever 3D print which can be certain to entertain family and friends as much as the children themselves. After all, what may be cuter than a baby-cosplayer, fiercely wielding their rattle sword in the face of all evil—broccoli, diaper changes, and bedtime included?

You can find the free 3D printable files for the baby sword rattle on Thingiverse, or enter for a accident to win your own. Watch Harrell’s 3D printing system and get the full Targ’s Workshop contest details in the video below:

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