Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Guardian Sword with NeoPixel LEDs (Smaller parts remix)

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Guardian Sword with NeoPixel LEDs (Smaller parts remix) by Sraf May 11, 2017
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This is a simple remix of Adafruit's BOTW Guardian Sword, the parts here are cut to fit on smaller beds than the original, additional screw tabs were added to the new cuts so you will need to use more than their guide calls for. I have cut the decorative add ons at different positions than the sword was, this is so that they will add strength to the blade after they are glued on. Remember to print the Blade Decor twice. The blade tips were small enough for me to print in the original, so I have not included them here. If there is a need, I can cut them as well

Huge thanks to Pedro Ruiz for the original, and for making the Fusion 360 files available

Also thank you HunterOtobe for pointing out the gap on the tabs for the Blade Handle 1 part. I have reuploaded that file, along with Blade Handle 2 with the tabs repositioned to where they should be

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Thanks for this. I'm going to try to make it for my son's Halloween costume. The parts are still too big to fit on my Monoprice Mini, but the sword is way to big for a 7-year-old anyway. Thus, I plan to shrink the parts to 70%. Do you see any inherent problems in doing this? Do you think the blade will be wide enough to accommodate the neopixels at 70%? I already ordered different fasteners that are approximately 70% smaller than what was originally used (i.e., M1.4x8 and M1.7x6 instead of M2x12 and M2.5x8, respectively).

Biggest thing that I can see as an issue is that the walls will become thinner. Noe and Pedro used a hack in the original to make sure that the walls printed thick enough (used a .4mm nozzle, but set it at .38 in the slicer) you may want to use the slice preview to do something similar to make sure that there aren't any gaps between wall layers
You may also want to reinforce the seams with some E6000, look for their Halo Energy Sword project for details on that

Thanks for the reply. My printer uses a 0.4mm nozzle, so you're saying I should set it to 0.38mm in the settings so there is a slight overlap? I looked at the Halo Energy Sword project, but I don't understand how they used super glue and E600. The tutorial says to glue the blades together and then apply E6000 to the inside, but I don't understand how you apply it to the inside after the blade is assembled. I'm assuming they mean after each half is assembled, you apply a bead of E6000 to reinforce the walls. Kind of a fillet in woodworking. That definitely makes sense.

Yeah, that's what you do, bead over the seam before the halves are attached.

That .38 setting would only work if you were printing at full scale, what I recommend is to try to get a part in your slicer at full scale, take a look at the slice preview so you can see the toolpaths, then look at how the toolpaths differ (especially around the raised parts that hold the screws) on the two nozzle diameter settings. You'll find some odd gaps at .4, and those can really weaken the print. When you switch to .38, those gaps are filled. You'll want to play around a little after you scale down to find a setting that isn't too far from .4 but that has no gaps in the toolpath

Sorry for being such a knucklehead, but why would there be gaps?

Imagine that you have a distance between walls of 0.9mm, your slicer can only get 2 paths at 0.4mm through it, can can't really do anything with that remaining 0.1mm, so you get a gap. This is the same thing, but even more severe

Makes sense. Thanks for the explanation. Going to start printing when I get home. My transparent PLA filament should be arriving later today. If it all works out, I'll definitely post some pictures. I'm hoping the electronics will fit at 70%.

Hope it goes smoothly for you!

This is exactly what I needed! However, if it's possible Sraf, could you do a cut of the tip for me? The very point of the original clips just outside my max build area. Like, if you could do a cut across the middle of where the "hook"-like part is, that would be perfect. Thanks.

I'll get that done in the next day or so, check back soon

Sweet! Thanks!

There you are, 4 new files uploaded. Sorry that took longer that I said, busy week

Totally fine, it's perfect. Thanks so much!

Hey, Sraf, I'm having a bit of a problem with the handle detail 2 file. Is it possible that you send them to me as 2 separate files? I'm not sure how to separate them and when I try to print the provided file, only the right side prints. Thanks so much!

Added a split version for you

thank you!!!!

Hey Sarf thank you for the remix much appreciated , The blade tips can i use the ones from the original and would they fit your remix or no ? if not would please be kind and cut them and add them to your remix . Thank you very much and i will be sure to throw a tip :)

The tips on the original were already small enough to fit on my printer, so I never sliced them further. They will fit on the remix, so if you can fit them on your printer, you're good to go. If they don't fit, let me know and I'll cut them into smaller sections as well

Perfect thank you for the quick reply and can't Waite to do this project . I will upload pics when its done :)

Thanks also needed the tips, going to start printing as we speak. Thanks :)

The blade decor doesn't fill the whole channel in the sword. In fact, it's pretty thin. I guess I was expecting something that fit more snug. Is this normal or did I mess something up?

Thanks for the remix, this was a huge help!

That's normal! The original design had those smaller than the channels they fit into. For my sword, I was thinking of using a black enamel paint to fill the rest

Just a little to late for me.
I cut the model down in netfabb a few days ago and started printing it like that.
I do like that you added tabs between the parts. I had plans to but did as i will use using epoxy.
But thank you for the models.

What is handle Detail 2.stl?

I didnt see that one in the original files

Handle detail looks like it wasn't included in Adafruit's upload to Thingiverse, but the parts were still in the Fusion design file, so I included them here

I was trying to line everything up last night and couldn't work that out... whoops!

OMG A MIRACLE! The 3D printing fairy has delivered!! ;)

Thank you!! Will definitely be making this very soon

amazing, thanks for this!

Yeah thanks a lot !! :)

Thanks for the redesign. do you have a new BOM for the screws needed since this is more parts?

The M2.5 X 8mm screws listed in the guide, you will need an additional 8 of them. No other extra parts should be needed

Wow this is great. Thank you!!

Thanks for the remix.