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Picture of Detailed Film Prop (Uncharted 2 Dagger Replica)
3D printing provides to perfect start to creating objects that are too detailed to create by hand, require perfect symmetry, or would otherwise be difficult to manufacture by hand.

Film props and replicas often require great amounts of detail, and as such, can be 3D printed (either for use in the film, or as replicas for fans).

In this tutorial, I'll be going through the process of creating a replica of the dagger from Uncharted 2.
 
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Step 1: Creating the object

Picture of Creating the object
Create your 3D object in your preferred 3D program. In my case I used Maya to create my main forms and Zbrush to sculpt the details. At this stage you don't need to worry about polycounts, just get in the detail you require. Any programs are fine as long as they are able to export between other packages (obj files often work best for this, as they rarely accumulate artifacts or other errors).

Zbrush offers a large amount of options in terms of symmetry (including radial symmetry, which is what allowed me to get symmetry on 3 axis).
psavas5 months ago

This is really beautiful! Are the STL files available anywhere, or have you made it possible to order from Shapeways?

Obe_Bradford (author)  psavas5 months ago

Hi,

First off, thank you very much. The files aren't available online, but we have made a mould of the original, and casts have been created. They are available here:

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/AusFX

There's 2 versions:
-Casts straight from the mould

-Casts that have been cleaned up and painted.

If you send a personal message on the etsy page, custom timber stands are also available.

They are lovely, and well-worth the price; unfortunately, I cannot afford one right now.

Ideal2142 years ago
very very nice..

I just noticed this is the same knife or similar to the one on the really old movie " the shadow"
I haven't passed all of uncharted 2 I had purchased it and returned my ps3 the next day and gave away the game.
Obe_Bradford (author)  Ideal2142 years ago
The dagger is influenced by an actual dagger (the phurba dagger) that's used for ritual purposes. A few movies have used the dagger in different forms for plot devices.
Obe_Bradford (author) 2 years ago
Hi all. Thanks for the support.
I printed this one via Shapeways.com, since they can acheive very high levels of detail (with specific materials).
This was printed with the Ultra High frosted detail, which can get details down to 0.1mm. http://www.shapeways.com/materials/frosted_detail

If there's any additional detials you would like to know about my process, simply ask and I can add it to the instructable.
That is awesome! Great job! Very clean looking finished product :)
ricosgoo2 years ago
This is great! I love the Uncharted series and have thought about printing this dagger myself. I don't think I could get the required resolution on my Makerbot though. What type of printer did you print that on?
solidfunk2 years ago
Brilliant, I wanted something like this with a special edition Uncharted. Well done!