From delighting my own LoL-obsessed teenagers with his 3D printed League of Legends Ekko Sword (what could be better than a bludgeoning tool come to life?) to challenging us all with his series of mini sports games (like Finger Rugby), for us the name Simone Fontana is synonymous with fun. And while technically this 20-something maker golden child creates a variety of functional 3D models for his work with MyMiniFactory, Fontana is one of those people following his passion and having a lot of fun doing so. It’s infectious too, and we love to see his name pop up in connection with new 3D prints.
If you are following the development of a new game by Blizzard called Overwatch, you might recognize what Fontana is doing here with his version of the iconic pistol wielded by the in-game character Tracer, a buxom British time traveler fighting evil and endeavoring to complete numerous missions. Although this multi-player, first person shooter game has not yet been released, I can tell you firsthand that gamers are anticipating this new release and are all but salivating over the beta version and the various trailers. And Tracer, double fisted with her guns, is certainly already garnering attention—and apparently from Fontana as well.
“It was a tricky design, and took a little more time than other designs I have already done, but the final result is really nice,” says Fontana.
And while it would seem that you could download the file and print yours without too much trouble, Fontana did use all of his resources at hand, designing the gun in Rhino, and then printing the 22 parts from three separate machines: a Dremel 3D Idea Builder, his Ultimaker 2, as well as his Delta Wasp.
Although the design is printed in 22 parts, he promises that once you have them made, the gun is easy to assemble. He’s also produced a time-lapse video, so you can get a great overview as to how he produced the gun. Fontana is pretty thrilled with his final product, and goes on to add some final details such as metallic paint, although he did print each piece in its actual color. The color scheme overall for Tracer’s gun is definitely fairly neutral though, so you can easily get away with just using the 3D print as is, without any additional decoration. Should you wish to take the time to add some finishing paint, Fontana devotes more time in his video to showing what he did, including a little metallic, a little blue, and just enough to complete the model in looking true to form.
“Nothing too hardcore,” says Fontana regarding his finishing work. “I’m not really an amazing painter, but I am very happy with the result.”
Because this cosplay design is actually inspired by a female character, Fontana mentions that it is comfy, perfect for a small hand—and don’t forget—if you want to be true to form, you’re gonna need two of these for maximum coverage in blasting away the bad guys. As the final release of Overwatch grows even closer, we’ll look forward to seeing what other 3D printed treats Fontana comes up with, as it sounds as if he is teasing us about something even more exciting coming up for next week.
Fontana’s design files for Tracer’s gun are free for download at MyMiniFactory. You can count on this model being of medium difficulty and judging by the information he’s listed on MMF, you can plan on around 21 hours of printing total. And do keep in mind, of course, that Fontana’s model is protected by MMF copyright. Are you interested in 3D printing Tracer’s guns? Discuss in the 3D Printed Overwatch Pistols forum over at 3DPB.com.