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London-based Designer 3D Prints 4+ Foot Long Destiny Thunderlord Gun

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If you are even slightly interested in video games, then you have obviously heard of the game ‘Destiny‘. The ‘mystic science fiction’ style MMO, was the most successful new gaming franchise to launch all-time, raking in over $500 million in the very first day of its launch, according to its publisher, Activision.

The online first-person shooter was clearly a hit, receiving decent reviews and creating a brand new fan base for Activision to continue capitalizing on. One of the more popular weapons within the game is an exotic machine gun d4known as the Thuderlord. In the game, the Thunderlord is capable of firing 330 electrostatic rounds per minute, featuring a 36-round drum-fed feed system. To obtain the weapon within Destiny, players need to either pick it up in the chest during the Vault of Glass raid, be rewarded it in a Weekly Nightfall Strike or receive it as a reward at the end of a match via the Crucible.

Although we have seen several video game weapons 3D modeled and printed, including those from Destiny, this thing is gigantic, making it an unlikely weapon for fans to 3D print. That hasn’t stopped a Johannesburg, South Africa native and product designer, Kirby Downey, who has a passion for 3D printing, from taking a stab at what would end up being quite the undertaking. Downey, who is now based in London, has done extensive modeling and printing, making many of his designs available for free on  the MyMiniFactory.com website.

d3The Thunderlord, however, was like nothing he had ever done before. Printed in a total of 45 different pieces, consisting of three different types of filament, PLA, Ninjaflex, and a PLA/carbon fiber composite, this weapon took a total of 196 print hours to fabricate. In total there was approximately 2.5 kg of filament used in the creation of this gun which measures a staggering 135cm x 33cm x 23cm. Yes, that’s a length of nearly 4.5 feet!

The majority of the Thunderlord was produced with PLA filament, however, the bullet belt, as well as the end of the butt stock was printed with the rubber-like NinjaFlex filament. Lastly, the sight, and the sight rail consists of a PLA based carbon fiber composite available for sale at imakr.com.

Kirby is making this design free to download at the MyMiniFactory website for any of you guys or girls out there with an infatuation with Destiny, and a lot of free time on your hands to tackle this project. Let us know if you have decided to download the model, and 3D print this gigantic video game prop. Discuss in the 3D Printed Destiny Thunderlord forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the video below showing the gun in action within the game.

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