Oh, and just so you can be sure: this is not a working 3D printed gun. It’s a stylish prop you can impress your friends with.
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Right materials to make it feel real
This antique 3D printed gun made on ZMorph 2.0 SX is a great example of how 3D printing can be used to recreate antiques and museum objects. They can be put on home displays, serve as movie props, or just as stylish gifts. With proper materials and post-production, they can look and feel like real objects made from their original materials.
Bronzefill and Woodfill filaments used for this projects are mixes of plastic and bronze and plastic and wood. Rotary tumbler for Bronzefill and sandpaper with varnish for Woodfill allowed the authors to give these parts a natural feel of bronze roughness and a smooth, glowing surface of the varnished wood.
Making your own antique 3D printed gun
The greatest thing is that with the advancements in 3D modeling, 3D scanning, and 3D printing everyone can now download and manufacture their own antique replicas.
Get Models Now used the amazing free Old Pistol design made by 3DCreatory with over a dozen very fragile parts that required assembling and gluing together. It took about 40 hours just to print the parts, but all the effort paid back. Recently, they also made an amazing 3D printed Baroque frame that only proves their skills.
But you can also start with something smaller and simpler like 3D scanned antique figurines from The British Museum. You can 3D print them in one piece, but they’ll also require cleaning and post-production before putting them over your fireplace.