Using 3D Printing to Help Craft Awesome RWBY Weapons

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Early in 2014, I found myself with access to a Makerbot Replicator 2, one of many brands of 3D printers becoming more commonplace. After testing the software and several theoretic print builds, the first project came under way.

Working closely with RWBY creator, Monty Oum, the first three of four weapons were modified from their original animation files and printed in several pieces. From the build plate to the workshop, many hours were spent smoothing, sanding, assembling and painting the final products. Learning more from each prior prop, Monty and I engineered moving parts for the Ember Celica, worn and demonstrated by Yang Xiao Long’s voice actor, Barbara Dunkelman, at the Rooster Teeth Expo in the summer of 2014.

Check out the article for an industry viewpoint on this creative twist on technology!


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  • Date July 17th 2014
  • Author Scott J Grunewald