This is the Guardian Sword from Zelda, Breath of Fresh Air. It’s fully 3D Printed and has a ton of NeoPixel LEDs. This thing is super bright and looks so awesome!
Pedro designed the blade in Autodesk Fusion 360 using reference images from the game. He designed it to be 3D printed in several pieces that will be connected together using screws.
The parts were 3D printed on a Type A Machines Series 1 Pro 3D printer. It’s got a massive build volume of 12 by 12 by 12 inches, so it’s great for making huge parts.
We used translucent PLA filament because it’s really easy to use and will let the NeoPixel LEDs shine through.
The sword is pretty massive, it’s about 34in in length and has over 90 NeoPixels.
Once I got it in the game, the first thing I thought was, wow this is so cool, I have to make it!
So this guardian sword can be found in the Chaas Qeta shrine located in the Tenoko Island. It’s yielded by a guardian scout, so you’ll have to battle to get it. It has a decent attack rating of 40 points, but like most weapons in the game it won’t last long. So this one will last longer than the one in the game.
You'll need the following parts to build this project.
- Trinket M0 or 5V Adafruit Trinket (M0 is recommended)
- 2 Meter Adafruit skinny mini NeoPixel Strip
- Lipo Backpack
- 2200mAh 3.7v Cylindrical Lithium Ion Polymer Battery
- Slide Switch
You'll also need the following tools and supplies to complete this project.
- 30 AWG Silicone wires
- Soldering Iron & Solder
- Tweezers Rhino SW-11
- Wire Strippers
- Diagonal Flush Snips
- Helping Third Hands
- Flat Pliers
- 3D Printer or 3D Printing Service
- Translucent PLA filament
- NITTO Tape
The parts are held together with screws to make it sturdy and easy to assemble.
Blade sides M2.5 x .5 x 8MM screws or #4-40-3/8.
After the blades are connect the two halves are combined using twenty M2 x .4 x 12MM screws or #2-56x1/2 screws.
The Trinket is mounted with M2 x 4mm screws.
The Lipo Backpack uses one M2.5 x 5mm screw.