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3D printing your own crossguard lightsaber

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.

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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.

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“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!

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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 InstructablesFor those who may recall, the same crew last year worked with Renault to transform an ordinary electric car into a mobile 3D printing lab.

Electric car doubles as 3D printing lab

The Le Fabshop crew in Paris recently worked with Renault to transform an ordinary electric car into a mobile 3D printing lab.

Equipped with an Atmel-powered Maker Bot Replicator 2, the concept envisions a future where delivery and service vehicles will have a 3D printer installed to produce spare parts on-the-go or at a specific job site.

As the folks at DesignBoom note, the video above shows the EV demonstrating a print job – driving around Paris and on the cobblestones of Versailles, all without interfering with the printing process.

In other 3D printing news, the MakerBot Thingiverse team recently announced the launch of its mobile application – the Thingverse iOS app which allows Makers to more easily explore the world of 3D printing.

“While you’re on the go, you can now like items, add them to your collections, and quickly share them to your social networks or email,” the MakerBot Thingiverse team explained.


“Since the app makes uploading to Thingiverse so easy, it’s simpler than ever to share images of your prints. You can update your profile and cover images from your phone too.”

Interested in learning more about the Atmel-powered MakerBot? You can check out the 3D printer’s official product page here.