With a new episode of Star Wars around the corner, the force is strong within all of us. But man, the merchandise costs big bucks. Here’s a neat hack: you can download and print these 3D printable props for free!
Of course, you’ll need access to a 3D printer for these. If you don’t have one, then head to your local hackerspace to make use of it. Otherwise, get the best 3D printer for your budget and start rolling out the Star Wars props.
These make for perfect budget geek gifts on Christmas, or they can be something you keep for yourself. Either way, it’s a cheap way to get a taste of Star Wars.
Let’s start things off with the mask of the new big villain, Kylo Ren. It’s a large helmet that won’t fit in some of the smaller 3D printers you will have at home. But this broken down version in eight parts should fit. You’ll still need to know the how to solder to put it together, but hey, good things don’t come easy.
You’ve got the mask, now get yourself the blade. Kylo Ren’s lightsaber caught everyone’s eye as it’s the first new design in a long time. The 3D printed model comes with the crossguard that emits smaller lightsabers. It is the most successfully printed lightsaber we came across, so rest assured that many others have made it too.
You no longer need to wield a stick to replicate the most famous weapon from Star Wars. And this 3D printed lightsaber hilt also accepts a glowstick! That’s right, your lightsaber will actually look like it is lit up. The original model uses a standard 6-inch glowstick, but you’ll probably want to put in a longer one for effect. You’ll never own a real lightsaber, so this is the next best thing.
It’s always nicer when a DIY project comes with a video. The team at Adam Savage’s Tested built a gorgeous Sith lightsaber hilt. And just to geek out a little more, it has a cutaway design to show what’s inside a lightsaber. Fake internals, of course, but man does it look cool!
5. Han Solo’s DL-44 Blaster [No Longer Available]
The original space cowboy, Han Solo was quick to draw, and never shy to shoot first either. At his side rested the DL-44 Blaster, which you can print out in all its glory now. It’s a lot of components, and you’ll spend some time scrubbing and fitting them together. But in the end, you’ll have a blaster to rival any commercial models.
6. BB-8 Droid
Every kid’s favorite character from The Force Awakens was the little droid, BB-8. You can make your own companion with this print, which is probably the simplest of them all. Makers say the parts fit perfectly and it’s as simple as it gets. The only apparatus you’ll need is a heat gun and some sandpaper to round out the rough edges. Go ahead, make your cat’s or kid’s day.
This here is the most famous 3D printable from the Star Wars universe. Over 500 people have made it, and 15 people remixed it. A replica of Han Solo’s famous spaceship, the Millennium Falcon model has amazing detail (except for the funny inverted name). It scales to size too, so you can print it small enough to fit in your palm or large enough to showcase on your mantel. Cheaper than buying a LEGO Star Wars toy, eh?
What a gorgeous 3D printed project this is. And it’s quite big too! The Imperial Star Destroyer, first seen in The Empire Strikes Back, is a three-part print. You’ll need a full-size 3D printer for this one, not a miniature. All the three parts can be lined up and stuck together with crazy glue. This can be an incredible gift for anyone.
Luke Skywalker isn’t just a master Jedi, he is also an ace pilot of an X-Wing Fighter. Here’s a replica of what he flew to destroy the Death Star. It prints in two halves that you’ll need to glue together and then paint. Make sure you have a knife and some sandpaper as this is a detailed creation that will need some whittling.
The AT-AT walkers are hulking mechanical beasts ready to stomp on anything in their path. The stepping is important, and that’s why this motorized AT-AT model is the coolest 3D print out there. It uses 69 different, small parts that you’ll need to put together. You’ll also have to buy a motor, a switch, and a 9V battery clip, which should cost about $15 total. But look at the video to see how awesome the end result is! And as the original uploader said, there’s a better remix of the parts that you might want to print instead of his own.
11. Yoda Bust
Every Star Wars nut needs to have a bust of Master Yoda to worship at. The cool part about this one is that it’s also a replica used to test 3D printers. The Yoda bust can tell you exactly how accurately your 3D printer is able to do the job. Make sure you get some green paint as well to get the Master looking right.
The first thing you should print is user Flowalistik’s amazing low-poly action figures of Darth Vader and a stormtrooper. It’s a simple three-part print, of the head, body, and a connector. The action figure is about 130 mm in height. You’ll probably want to print multiple stormtroopers so that Vader can have his army with him.
Fidget spinners are extremely popular these days, but the Bluetooth ones are best avoided. Still, you can get your geek on with a Star Wars spinner. Choose from Yoda, Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Boba Fett, BB-8, stormtrooper, or C3PO to print out your own. Fit a bearing inside and you’re ready to spin.
The Star Wars universe is far larger than the movies alone. In fact, the mythology is best told through books every fan should read. And what better way to display those books than with bookends of the logo? Or instead of books, you can use it as DVD or Blu-ray holders. While this project is technically still a work in progress, it’s ready to download and print.
The last project is the greatest and most challenging of them all. But at the end, you’ll have a life-sized version of the legendary R2-D2, the snazzy new BB-8, or the GNK droid from Episode IV. 3D Printing guru James Bruton has a step-by-step guide on each major part of every build. Check his full page of Star Wars props and projects at the link in the headline, or try these direct links:
Disney Is Clamping Down on 3D Prints
One thing you should know: Disney isn’t happy with 3D printing. In fact, several of the better projects have been removed from Thingiverse, My Mini Factory, and YouTube on Disney’s request. The projects listed here might not be available for too long either, so download them while you can.
If the prop you like is not available, why not design it yourself using OpenSCAD?
Have you come across any other 3D printed Star Wars projects that you really liked? Which is your favorite from this list? Let us know in the comments below!