The Elder Wand

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The Elder Wand by jakereeves Oct 13, 2015

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I designed this Elder Wand from pictures after watching the Harry Potter movie series again in anticipation of Halloween. It is divided into two pieces so that it will print on the Replicator 5th generation printer bed (though I am sure it will work on others as well). To assemble, simply match the two inserts and fill with a little glue to make the join permanent.

As you can see from the pictures, the dimpling in the handle seems to have been picked up well with printing at standard resolution.

Happy printing, and please let me know if you have made one.

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For good detail, I printed at a travel speed of 90mm/s instead of the default 150.

I recommend printing completely horizontal with supports so that the print layers appear like wood grains.

I used 2 shells and 10% infill, and it is a little flimsy at the tip, so I would recommend 3 shells and 20% at least. Change this to match your desired weight and feel.

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Printed vertically on tevo tarantula, little support. It came very good, just the tip went bad because was a too small area to print vertically and it moved

My slicer software alerts me to a model error when importing this, and attempts to fix it...

See this image:

wand error

Is there something that can be done about this?

Thank you for this HARRY POTTER WAND!!

I am brand new to 3D printing but am learning, because our school has an awesome MakerSpace for allowing students to be creative with cool new technology. The first time I tried to print this, I did so without supports (because I didn't know what those were), and it turned out terribly. If at first you don't succeed, try try again. I quickly learned how to use supports, and it turned out great! I used a cool [caution: technical terms ahead] brownish-blackish sparkly filament, and it looks so cool. Thank you very much for posting this! I'll post a picture as soon as I can!

[edit: I had to print it in two pieces, because our printer isn't large enough for the single piece, but I just used Lazer Bond glue (highly recommend for this kind of gluing...literally dry as soon as you shine the blue light on it!), and the wand is sturdy, and the glue's not noticeable at all.]

I've printed 2 of these on my Prusa i3 MK2S in the eSun wood PLA and in Inland Luminous (my son wanted one in glow in the dark lol) but for some reason the pieces do not want to join. It's almost as if the tip piece doesn't have a long enough connector. Anyone have any thoughts/ideas?

I had to dig out some of the filament from the handle (base) and clear out some stuff from the tip half, as well. When finished, the connector part of the tip should look like this: -< , and inside of the handle, it should look like this (looking into the hole): |

I know that's a terrible explanation, but hopefully it helps a little.

Is it printable without supports? Beacause I just started printing it and it is only printing the three first bumps... it looks like it is going to fail. 2 minutes later.........

It started to fail...

You should use supports if printing horizontally. I think some have had success support-less in the vertical orientation, but it is a risk.

is it printable vertically?

my platform isnt big enough

You can try. I printed the two components separately, and did so horizontally. But I think some have printed vertically.

Any way to add a screw/hole connector to join the two pieces? not with a core like the remixed version, but just replacing the funny little sharp cone insert with an actual screw and the hold in the bottom half of the wand. current set up is not very secure, requires bracing while glueing to ensure it dries completely straight.

i'd do it if i had the know how, sigh.

How long is each part of the wand? I have a small printer and need to know if it will work.

how many inches is it in size want one 15" as that is the real size in the films

As long as you don't scale it, it is 15" as is.

how long does it take to print?

From 1 hour to 1 week it depends on your settings ;)

My FlashForge Creator Pro, on Medium (200 micron) settings with PLA claims it should take a little over three hours. We'll see!

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This would be awesome printed in wood PLA filament. I'll have to do one see how it turns out.

I agree, please post some pictures once you have printed it.

I have some nice Hatchbox wood PLA, just waiting on the coated nozzles to print!

Ok so I know it says non-commercial but I have a ton of people at school who what to buy one of these from me. If I do it at my school only (I will not try to sell it online or anywhere else) can I sell it?

I would be ok with that, but it is best to only charge for materials and your time used. If you feel bad, you can always leave a tip, haha.

Is there any way you could make this into a 15 inch wand to match the books? When I made it, it came out to 11 inches.

It is 15" long in the CAD. Make sure you are not scaling it to fit the print bed. That is why I originally had it as two separate pieces in order to fit properly on a MakerBot 5th Gen printer.

wow how did model that in solidworks! thats crazy, do you have a video about the process?

Sorry, I don't have the video. It was primarily done using splines and revolves, as well as linear and revolved patterning. Glad you like it.

What software did you use to design this?

It was designed using SolidWorks I believe. The primary wand shaft is a revolve, while the holes are a combination of revolved cuts and circular patterns.

would it be possible to get the SolidWorks file from you?

Do you also have the file as 1 solid piece? If so could you post it. Thanks,

Thank you for the reminder, I have been meaning to post that in case people wanted to scale it or remix it.

I have access to large scale industrial printers and can easily make it actual size.

Even better. I would like to see the print once you have finished, if you wouldn't mind posting it as 'made'.

put the pic in made yesterday...