There are people who use 3D printing to really innovate upon technology. These are the inventors who take an idea and bring it into reality through additive manufacturing, whether it be a desktop 3D printer or an industrial level machine. Then there are those who use the technology of 3D printing in order to create fun, entertaining, and sometimes amazing things which just make you stop and say, “WOW!”
The latter is certainly the case for a recent project launched by MyMiniFactory. The idea of the project is to take ordinary, boring brooms and mops and turn them into something extraordinary.
“It’s a cool new campaign we’ve launched, creating battle themed toppers for brooms and mops,” Rees Calder, Marketing Manager at iMakr and MyMiniFactory, tells 3DPrint.com. “We’re hoping more people contribute to the project and we eventually build a whole arsenal of BattleMops and WarBrooms.”
So far the collection includes five very creative broom and mop toppers, four of which were designed by Marco Antonio Pérez Morata, and have the potential to turn any kitchen into a battleground. MyMiniFactory is hoping that this idea catches on and other designers take to creating their very own battle attachments. Below are the first five already created designs.
STEEL WARHAMMER – SKYRIM
The Steel Warhammer, created by Morata, is a weapon from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is a two-handed weapon that can be forged by the player. For those interested in printing it, they can download the design files free of charge. It can be fully assembled without the need for any glue, as it features a special slot system that holds the pieces together. Morata suggests printing the parts with an infill of 8% and a layer height of 0.2mm. Don’t expect this to be a quick print though, as it takes about 19-30 hours of print time to complete and uses about 350 grams of filament (over 1/3 of a 1KG spool).
This unique looking weapon comes from The Fellowship of the Ring, where it is introduced during the Battle of Dagorlad, when Sauron is carving his way through the ranks of Elves and Men. This print is also designed by Morata, and he suggests using the same settings as above. Also assembled via the unique ‘tight fitting slot system,’ this weapon is printed in 5 parts, and takes about 28-33 hours to print.
ZASALAMEL’S SCYTHE FROM SOUL CALIBUR
Another Morata design, this HUGE axe is from the Soul Calibur video game. It is the weapon of the character Zasalamel, a man with no allegiance but to himself. Morata painted this axe with metallic acrylic paints once it was finished printing. This huge piece takes an incredible 150 hours to print out and measures 1040 x 697 x 105 mm. It also requires an astounding 1638 grams of filament (over 1 and a half 1KG spools).
BLACK LEGION BATTLE AXE
This BattleMop is a very unique creation. It looks as though it would have been quite the weapon back in medieval times. With two sharp blades surrounding a lethal looking spear, it could have had just about anyone running for the hills. Also designed by Morata, this axe is suggested to print with an infill of 10% and a layer height of 0.2mm. It will use about 411 grams of filament and print in just under 35 hours.
GIMLI’S BATTLE AXE
This BattleMop was designed by a man named Oleg Khmarnyi, modeled after Gimli’s weapon from The Lord of the Rings movies. Khmarnyi recommends printing it with a 10% infill at 0.2mm layer height. It will almost use up an entire spool of filament to print, as it requires approximately 860 grams. It will also take about 60 hours of print time.
There you have it: the BattleMops and WarBrooms that have been created thus far for MyMiniFactory. If you have any interest in adding to this ever growing collection, feel free to submit your designs today. Which of these BattleMops and WarBrooms are your favorites? Discuss in the BattleMop forum thread on 3DPB.com.