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Kirby Downey 3D prints massive Destiny ‘Gjallahorn’ rocket launcher – 3ders.org (blog)

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Serial video game prop-manufacturer Kirby Downey has 3D printed an epic Gjallahorn rocket launcher, as featured in the Destiny video game. Downey’s 3D printed weapon is a remanufacture of a previous version created by Matthew Clarke.

Readers who like to store a close eye on our gaming stories can have noticed numerous mentions of South African prop-manufacturer Kirby Downey in new months. The talented manufacturer’s 3D printing projects have included these 3D printed Blades of Chaos of God of War, this 3D printed rubber band gun, and another crazy Destiny weapon: this 3D printed Sleeper Simulant rifle. Downey’s latest 3D printing project takes it to the next level.
For those who are unfamiliar with Destiny—Bungie’s initially post-Halo video game franchise—or who just haven’t encountered the Gjallahorn yet, the giant weapon is an exotic (rare) rocket launcher inside the game. According to Destiny experts, the weapon was forged by Feizel Crux of the armor of slain Guardians who took part in the Battle of the Twilight Gap. The rocket launcher can be received as a reward of several sources or purchased of Xûr.

Last year, British manufacturer Matthew Clarke 3D printed his own version of the Gjallahorn—a print that Downey yet rates highly. Downey, yet, wanted to manufacture the 3D printed rocket launcher actually better: “[Clarke’s version] had a few weak areas, so I took it upon myself to redesign it,” the South African manufacturer explained. “I have recreated the Gjallahorn to be a much sturdier and stronger version. Instead of 3D printing the barrels, they are completely created out of PVC pipe. All the pieces are attached onto the pipe so it’s much stronger, heavier, and studier.”
The new 3D printed Gjallahorn pretty looks the business, thanks in equal part to Clarke’s original complex work and to Downey’s own 3D versioning skills. “I have changed the orientation in the way the version is printed,” said Downey. “I did use [Matthew’s] scope, that helped me manufacture the version additional easily. The main body was sculpted in SolidWorks, with things introduced in ZBrush and cut up in Rhino.”

One big advantage offered by Downey’s upgrade is its printability for manufacturers at home. Since a sizeable-bodied portion of the weapon is created up of bargain-priced, easily on the market PVC pipe, less 3D printing time and material is required. The top part of the version consists of 4 parts, with 6 needed for the bottom, 7 for the handle, and 5 for the barrel. 3 straps are in addition needed to store it all together. “It is a quite rad project, and is a lot easyr to undertake now,” said Downey. “It took a week to 3D print, put together, and paint, as opposed to 3 months with the previous version. It is in addition pretty easy to assemble: It took me between an hour and an hour and half.”

The ideal paint job on the 3D printed Gjallahorn was achieved by artist Sarah Wade, who was in addition responsible for the attractive finishing touches on this 3D printed Rust AK47 that we spotted last week. The massive Gjallahorn reportedly took Wade 3 days to paint.

The Gjallahorn is on the market to download of My Mini Factory, but Downey can in addition ship pre-printed versions of the epic weapon for $399. Luckily for us, the manufacturer is promising additional next projects in the same vein: “I’m working on a few other quite big objects like this that I’ll be able-bodied to reveal soon,” Downey teased.

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