Being among the most classic franchises of all time, Star Trek has made its way from TV to Cinema to our hearts. (I should write reviews shouldn't I? :D) What is it that follows iconic franchises such as Star Wars, Lord of The Rings and Indiana Jones? PROPS! Yes, nothing breathes life into a movie or TV show quite like the props do! One of these great props from Star Trek is the Classic Phaser! Today I will give you some pointers and the files to make your very own Star Trek Phaser all while exploring the immense possibilities involved with plastics and the 3D printing process as a whole. Anyone can do it, so let's get to it!
Step 1: Assembling the Materials
- Access to a 3D Printer with PLA filament *If you don't have one, you can find someone online (like etsy or something) that can print files for you and then send them to you*
Filament can be found here
- 3D Modeling Software (I will supply the files to you but it is good to get so you can start to learn)
- Assorted Paints (Picture 1)
- Wood Filler (Picture 2)
-Metallic Spray Paint (Picture 2)
- Gloss (Clear) (Picture 2)
That's it! Let's get to it!
Step 2: Tips and Tricks
Before I turn the coveted files over to you, I want to spread some wisdom from what I have learned in the couple of weeks from 3D printing to the aspiring person who wants to get into 3D printing (as an inexperienced 3D printer myself). My quick soap box - If you haven't already, check out JON-A-TRON's Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced 3D printing classes. They are extremely informative and will walk you through step-by-step on how to create simple objects using simple functions which lay the foundation for your 3D printing future! I went from level 0, not knowing anything about 3D printing to being able to make stuff like this! So definitely check it out! Now on to my personal tips:
Tip #1: Get a really good reference photo. (Picture 1) Unless you are creating something yourself, you will want a really good reference photo to build your model from. Especially with props, it can be terribly difficult to visualize every detail unless you have an example in front of you to reference.
Tip # 2: Create a rough sketch from your reference photo and measure it. (Picture 2) What I have found useful is when you have found a good reference photo, sketch it out as good as you can and then measure out your drawing so you can keep your units consistent. Also, actually measuring it out will make the 3D modeling process will go much MUCH faster.
Tip # 3: Practice using the hotkeys and built in functions. Learning the ins and outs of the hotkeys in Fusion 360 like R for rectangle, L for line, C for Circle, E for extrude etc. will save you monumental amounts of time. Also, instead of building things over and over in meticulous detail, you can take advantage of the Mirror or Revolve functions that utilize symmetry that can do those things in a fraction of the time.
That's the food for thought now lets get the food!
Step 3: Star Trek Phaser
I quote Spongebob when I say, "Well, here ya go.." These are the STL files for the Star Trek Phaser. It was pretty straightforward with the hardest part being the initial sketch/measuring process. From there it is just a mini-grind to be able to complete it. Like I said before, the mirror/ revolve features are incredibly useful especially for this build. A recommendation I would have for you would be to cut the entire phaser clean down the middle in the file and print two separate halves and then glue them together. If you do, the amount of "wood-filler" you will have to use will be minimal and the overall result will come out much cleaner.
You will need to upload the files to a 3D "slicer" respective to the 3D printer you are using. For example, I have been using Cura to orient my files and then ultimately upload them to a Luzbot Taz 6 3D printer that I am lucky to have access to. If you have someone printing these things off for you, disregard what I just wrote and simply send it to the person you have printing for you.
If you have some rough spots from printing, sand the object down, add wood filler, and then sand the wood filler down (once it dries) to meet the phaser so it is smooth and no evidence of rough material exists.
Step 4: Painting
The painting for this project uses pretty basic colors mainly being black white and blue . What I did was I put down a couple of coats of a primer and then a couple coats of metallic paint which gave the phaser a good metal shine and would allow me to paint around the metal-looking components with ease. After the metallic base, I laid down the blue paint on the main body of the phaser and after that, applied black paint to the handle and the top cylindrical piece. As you can see, the painting really makes it look like the real thing! Be sure to add a little black into the details at the tip so it doesn't look like a blob of metal. For bonus fun, tap into the world of weathering i.e making the gun look old and well used. I will go into that process on a later Instructable coming up soon! To REALLY make it shine, spray a clear coat of gloss to seal things up and to give it a like-new look! After that, the painting is 100% done!
Step 5: Done!
Now you have a cosplay/fan-film worth prop ready to take on any Klingons or Romulans that you come across. This has been another fun project with awesome results and I am so glad to be able to share it with you! For fun, I also made a little Star Trek pin to compliment the gun! Thank you for checking out this Instructable! If you enjoyed it, drop a like and leave a comment and I will see you on the next Instructable! Now "Beam me up Scotty!"