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The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Goddess Chest

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Some background info:

I had found a Skyward Sword heart container necklace to give to a friend (http://www.thepixelsmithy.com/collections/necklaces), but I wanted to present it in the most elaborate way possible.

So, to make it true to the game, I made the Goddess Chest (oh and the Goddess cube is the gift box). The chest even plays the chest opening tune as you open it.

 
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Step 1: Modelling the chest - Part 1

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My method of modelling things in 3D is as follows:

I first outline the object in Adobe Illustrator. I prefer Illustrator over the outline capabilities of 3D modelling tools.
I then export it as an AutoCAD drawing, which allows me to import the vector graphic into SolidWorks.
I then perform the necessary 3D manipulations in SolidWorks.

It is during outlining that I plan the 3D manipulations. One needs to be mindful of the types of vectors needed to perform certain manipulations. It is also during the outlining phase that I plan all the pieces I need. The chest top, bottom, legs, and in inner top lining to house the electronics are all separate pieces, and I need enough vector artwork to model them as separate pieces.

Shown, are the reference photos I've used. It is best if you can extract the actual 3D model from the game, but purely for the texture mapping images (the 3D model used in-game is crude). I am able to find the papercraft model for the chest, so I used that for my reference images.



Step 2: Modelling Chest - Part 2

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Here, I've already imported the vector artwork into SolidWorks.  You can see some of the vector graphics in the screenshots.

Most of the parts are easily recognizable. The last image is of the inner top lining of the chest. It leaves enough space in the top cavity for the electronics. There's also a notch for the reed switch (which I will talk about later). There are also holes in the lining to allow for sound to escape.
RyGuy1761 month ago

Thank you for sharing everything! Love it all! Sadly, the link you provided for the sound module doesn't seem to work anymore. Do you by chance have any other recomondations?

xeijix (author)  RyGuy1761 month ago

I checked the link out, it still works. Here's a link to their direct product page where you can purchase it:

http://store.bigdawgspromo.com/product_info.php?products_id=12976&osCsid=798f69990a3e7b294b03bb3958713de8

RyGuy176 xeijix1 month ago

Perfecto! Works fine for me now! Thanks mate

lastoryx1 month ago

Working on this next!!! Printing on Taz 3! We rendered it a little differently and we're using PLA!!! <3

Mark3453 months ago
Could you share the design of the goddess cube? Its amazing¡¡¡
Finalist! Congrats!
camilat11 months ago
where did you get the little sword in the ribbon?
xeijix (author)  camilat11 months ago
The ribbons were from The Container Store and the sword's a Japanese gashapon like collectable. For my case, I got it from a seller on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Zelda-Skyward-Master-Keychain/dp/B00AMTC30Y
Iceflow xeijix11 months ago
Maybe you could answer to all the people who ask for the 3D files for the chest... it wont hurt at all ;)
xeijix (author)  Iceflow11 months ago
Patience is virtue. I've shared my files on Thingiverse. I've included the link in the last step
Iceflow xeijix11 months ago
Thanks for sharing :D
magdielr2111 months ago
Where did you do the 3D printing? thanks. awesome project by the way!
xeijix (author)  magdielr2111 months ago
I have a pp3d printer so I printed it myself.
camilat11 months ago
D: i love it! it's the most spectacular thing i have seen!
Is there a way that I could access the finished STLs? Or possibly some way I could get one or two of these printed (say via Shapeways?)
Iceflow11 months ago
Can you share the STLs to print the chest? Amazing work!!
neonix11 months ago
Mega awesome!
coppeis11 months ago
could you post a link to the file for the chest?
wanamoka11 months ago
This is way cool!
beefsupreme11 months ago
Never thought I'd say this, but it would be really beautiful to somehow turn this into a music box. That song with the harp sounds like it'd come out nicely.
fluffydragon11 months ago
This is amazing, and beautiful!
Bluemetal11 months ago
Great project! Will you make the 3D stl files available to others?
ab03211 months ago
I would love this as a gift to a special some one, but I don't have any of this to make it :( Amazing work!
BrittLiv11 months ago
Wow this is awesome! The end result is so clean and neat!
BrittLiv BrittLiv11 months ago
Btw. why is this not in the "Game.Life 3" contest?
xeijix (author)  BrittLiv11 months ago
A moderator fairy placed me in the contest today. Thank you mysterious moderator!
My thoughts exactly.
xeijix (author)  BrittLiv11 months ago
A complete flub on my part. I didn't notice that contest when I published this instructable. And now it's too late to enter! Nooo
flameheadrod11 months ago
this is technology?
xeijix (author)  flameheadrod11 months ago
Lol I did put it under 3d printing, but one of the editors featured it so I have no control over where it's featured
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