Occasionally you come across something in a video game that you just have to make youself. This Shield Cell from Apex Legends is roughly to scale(emphasis on roughly) and is very easy to print.
I'm very pleased with how it turned out. There is definitely room for improvements on it, and I encourage anyone with better skills to remix it and make it even better!
It was made to be a light up display to have next to my computer. So, it doesn't have any special internal mechanisms to make it move smoothly or behave just like it would in-game. I'm sure many of you could come up with something awesome, and I would love to see what you do with it!
Thank you for checking it out and I appreciate any feedback you have. (I'm still learning, but having a whole lot of fun doing so.)
YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/fBpz4td_OGs
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I will do my best to help in any way that I can.
There are many parts, so it requires some patience with the print time and the final assembly. You will need to glue the inner part together and you'll also need to draw/paint any details you want to add to the design after they are printed. I just used pens and markers to make the designs on the top cap.
Number of parts:
1x Black Rim
1x Top Cap
1x Middle Cylinder
1x Bottom Cap
1x LED Threaded Tray
1x Tag ID(can leave blank or design or text to it)
2x Side Windows
2x Cut to size Plexiglass sheets (1/16 inch) 35mm wide 103mm long with small notches cut on bottom corners to allow it to insert fully
1x Handle Base
4x Copper Housings
16x Copper Parts
1x Bottom Base
.2 for everything except the copper parts and the tag. Those were printed at .15
Check notes for brand details PLA
Most parts were done with 20%
-Blue -Silver -Gold -Black -Copper(just normal PLA)
I am still learning 3D printing myself, so I am hesitant with providing advice on the ideal print settings. However, I will just say what worked for me.
I printed everything(except copper parts and name tag) on my CR-10S.
Layer Height- 0.2
Speed- 100mm/s (Reduced speed by 10% for the first layers)
Build Plate Adhesion- Skirt
Support- Only used supports for the rim of the base of the handle
For the Copper Parts and the name tag is used my Robo C2 (just because I wanted to speed up the overall printing time)
Filament Temp- 205
Bed Temp- None(Doesn't have bed heating)
Layer Height- 0.15
As for orientation of the parts when printed, it is fairly easy to tell which way will work best. The main blue cylinder that has the threading for the bolts was printed upside down.
The base of the handle was printed rightside up with supports just for the rim.
Silver and Black- MH Build PLA
Blue- 3D Solutech
Silk Copper- CC3D on Amazon
Gold- Was gifted to me and doesn't have any brand name on it. Sorry!