Have you seen the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer yet? If not (*spoiler alert*), the recently released teaser introduced a different kind of lightsaber. Not only did its revealing elicit some excitement amongst its die-hard community, the weapon’s reconfiguration has also spurred quite a bit of controversy as well.
Like countless other fans, the crew over at France-based Le FabShop watched the trailer, explored the controversy over the new lightsaber and decided that the best way to test the design was to make one of their own. And so, that’s exactly what they did by 3D printing a replica using an Atmel powered MakerBot Replicator 2.
“As Makers, we couldn’t help but try to find out by ourselves if this ‘crossguard’ design was a good configuration or not,” the team explains.
While several other 3D-printable lightsabers have already been made available for download across the web, Le FabShop sought out to create one that would be completely customizable. Once a Star Wars lover prints out each of its parts, the lightsaber’s modularity enables the Maker to mix and match these components to create weaponry that is unique to them. And, those who aren’t keen on the crossguard can now just remove it!
Instead of waiting around for the Disney flick to hit the box offices, the Le FabShop has made the files available on Thingiverse, while a step-by-step breakdown can be found on Instructables. For those who may recall, the same crew last year worked with Renault to transform an ordinary electric car into a mobile 3D printing lab.