Anime CLAMP X sword in 1/3 scale

Discussion in '3D Design Requests' started by mosaicwolf, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. mosaicwolf
    mosaicwolf New Member
    Hi there,

    I am totally new to Shapeways, but I am hoping it can help make a much-wanted special item into a reality. I'm a doll collector, and I need two copies of a very unique and unusual sword that is depicted in the manga (comic) X by the artist group CLAMP. It will be 1/3 scale with a total length of about 52cm. I guess first of all I need to know if it's possible. Secondly, I need to commission someone to render it in a way that Shapeways can digest.

    Here is the sword as depicted in the manga:

    http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/1929/113441-129112-sacr ed-sword_large.JPG

    http://static.zerochan.net/full/16/32/376616.jpg

    And here is a truly amazing tutorial of how someone fabricated a full-sized version for cosplay that has excellent views of the details:

    http://blindsquirrelprops.blogspot.com/2008/04/x1999-shinken -swords.html

    I would be fully prepared to pay someone a reasonable fee for their time to help with this project. Would anyone out there be interested in taking it on?

    Thanks!
     
  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    Two problems:
    1) Shapeways is not allowed to produce weapons (NL government export restrictions).. I believe the current limit is 10cm for a knife-like object.
    2) The only printer they currently have of producing something 52cm long is Stainless Steel. But at that length, ANY material is going to be very expensive due to the volume of material.

    One possibility is to produce sections of the item that would have to be assembled during post processing.
    Another possibility might be to make a mold for the sword, rather than the sword itself. (But, that'll be even MORE expensive)
     
  3. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    Hi,

    I would be quite interested in working with you to make the swords. As Stony points out Shapeways do have restrictions on weapon type models, but I'm sure with the help of Customer Services we can find a way to create them.

    I'll email CS first and then PM you with plans for a way forward.

    Paul
     
  4. mosaicwolf
    mosaicwolf New Member
    Thank you guys. Definitely, I'm open to any ideas, and honestly I think creating it in pieces that are later assembled is probably wise in any case.

    Paul, please let me know what you find out. I definitely appreciate it. :)