3D Printed Fortnite Axes & Props
Both my boys spend far too much time playing fortnite so these projects were perfect.
They have stretched my abilities in a number of ways and the rainbow smash axe stretched my patience more than most.
Desert storm pistol
A fairly straight forward print but was one of my first experiments with air brush painting.
The simple camouflage pattern was a good starting point for airbrushing as all I had to do after applying an initial undercoat from a normal spray can was mask off the different areas and airbrush in the 3 colours one by one.
A final coat of mat clear sealer, again from a normal spray can finished the part.
From a distance this is really convincing and I dare not let them outside with it!
I would like to credit Jace1969 on Thingiverse for providing the model to print
Pink Flamingo Axe
A more challenging print, especially the long necks that were printed in one piece upright on the printer, I was sure they were going to fail but they both stood there throughout the print. The pink filament I used was a real pleasure to work with and the results were immaculate, considering the large layer height I used.
Painting the beaks were the challenge regarding airbrush painting. I now had to try and blend colours to get the desired effect. This has taken me many weeks of trial and error. But in the end patiently building up the layers of colours and waiting for them to fully dry (a hard one for me to follow) really paid off.
RayGunProject provided this excellent design on Thingiverse. https:/www.thingiverse.com/thing:2754181
I then added a new part to the group for the hose couplings, a small contribution to the project. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3153336
Rainbow Smash Axe
This one nearly killed me. The design I used from Thingiverse was a scaled up copy of another design, this led to a number of problems with the printing due to awkward support under the harness that ruined the prints. I eventually painstakingly modified all the parts to reduce this and altered the shaft hole size for something more readily available in the UK.
On printing I then had my first major print failure from the MK3 right at the end of a 12-14hr print!
Followed by me accidentally printing out a rather large part twice as I miss selected the Left hand part again – more than a few words of frustration were voiced.
If you are an aficionado of fortnight you will notice I haven’t yet painted the harness or the rainbows on the neck and it will stay this way until I can bring myself to face this project again.
Jeoncs provided the initial models https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3096789 and when I do paint it I will post a make for him. I may also upload the remixes of the model I have done for others as well.
Fortnite Do not Disturb Sign
This is one of my early designs and was very quick and easy to do. Created in Fusion 360 and uploaded to Thingiverse, this one design has over a 1.5 year period amassed nearly 40000 views and over 15000 downloads.
Port a Fort Grenade
A slightly more complicated design this one, I spent a good week working out the techniques in Fusion 360 to achieve the correct design. The design also houses a central core that holds and ESP8266 and a ribbon of RGB LEDs. The Grenade is now a night light and with the ESP8266 WiFi connection it links to our home automation system, allowing it to be controlled with the house sequences and with our Google home minis or Amazon Echos. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2882208
In the future I may create some posts to cover Home automation systems, Fusion 360 & ESP8266 projects.
Another of my designs,each of the windows are individually printed and stuck into the grenade body.
The hardest part of designing this part was to get all the windows distributed around the body of the grenade properly.
Again the core of this design houses LEDs to allow it to illuminate.
Original design posted by RayGunProject on Thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2801202