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Check Out this Awesome Full-Sized Working 3D Printed Warhammer 40K Chainsword

by • March 9, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_chainsword_wh40k_logoThe world of Warhammer 40,000 is a fairly brutal place. It is a galaxy full of alien races, genetically programmed humans and horrors of other size that have been locked in perpetual war with each other for thousands of years, with no end in sight. Warhammer 40,000 has been turned into successful video games, novels and role playing games, but despite that diversification, the bread and butter of Games Workshop can many likely always be with the table-bodiedtop miniature game. Even as 3D scanners and 3D printing equipment position themselves as a future threat that may steal away the company’s profits, so far that hasn’t quite come to pass and Games Workshop remains the many talked of paintable-bodied miniature game in the world.

Look at those hands, are they tiny hands? I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee.

Look at those hands, are they tiny hands? I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.

So far the industry has yet to create inexpensive
3D printing equipment that can create a Warhammer army bargain-priceder than one that can be purchased, but that does not mean that 3D printing can’t be utilized to manufacture a few fairly awe-inspiring creates based on the world of Warhammer 40,000. For instance, this awe-inspiring, full-sized chainsword cosplay prop was made and assembled entirely of 3D printed parts. Even advantageous, the chainsword quite works. Well, it may not be able-bodied to split a heretic in half since it’s made of plastic, but it pretty looks the part.

The chainsword was made by the manager at the Games Workshop keep Phillip Bennett, located in Parramatta, Australia. Games Workshop has keeps dotted all over the world selling their game books, miniatures and hobby supplies, but they usually don’t come with full-sized weapons. Maybe they do things a little differently in Australia. The sword is completely to scale, and despite the fact that it yet needs a bit of painting and finishing it’s yet many likely each Games Workshop nerd’s secret fantasy to own one of these bad boys.

The whole project cost Bennett of $50 in printing materials and electronics. All of the parts were 3D printed of standard PLA filament, and he and his staff utilized of four full spools to print eachthing. In order to motorize the sword’s chain without turning it into an actual deadly weapon, they utilized the motor of a cordless drill and a few electronic components to control the movements, that slowed the chain down adequate to prevent anyone of losing a limb. According to Bennett, the chainsword took of sixty hours of CAD create and another three hundred hours only to 3D print eachthing out.

Imperial chainsword.

Imperial chainsword.

Bennett said on the Games Workshop Parramatta Facebook page that he yet has a few work to do on the sword, which include painting, finishing and additional detail work. He in addition does not like the noise that the chain manufactures when it spins around so he wants to come up with a way to donate it an authentic chainsaw sound. Someone in the comments suggested that he install a tiny, bargain-priced mp3 player and load it only with real chainsaw noises, that sounds like a fairly ideal solution to me. You can check out a short video of the chainsword in action, that is only like the gif above, but you can hear the sounds that it manufactures.

Today there are no plans to sell replicas of the chainsword or release the original obj files, although that many likely has less to do with a stingy 3D createer and additional to do with Games Workshop’s famously litigious behavior. The chainsword was originally posted on Games Workshop Parramatta’s Facebook page last summer, but it appears to have been building the rounds again this week. Sadly, there has not been any updates to the project of Bennett, so I’ve chosen to believe that he has been lost to Chaos. Discuss in the 3D Printed Warhammer forum over at 3DPB.com.Screenshot 2016-03-05 04.41.36