Shapeways Shop Section ⇒ C3 – KR-Sabers
– All.In.One Chassis – Approx $50
Install the 2 halves separately, with 2 soundboards, ..etc => 2 chassis are required to complete the staff install.
Removable battery setup, ideal for Neopixel install.
⇒ Main chassis: kr-or-darth-maul-lightsaber-chassis
⇒ (Optional) Convertec Knob: kr-or-darth-maul-covertec-knob
2- DIY empty hilts:
⇒ The Saber Armory by KR-Sabers
3- Electronic components and blades:
Saber electronic components are basically more or less similar from one saber to another. You’ll need a main Led, a Battery, a recharge port, one or two switches, a soundboard, accent leds, a speaker and wires. Then the blade is the last part of your saber, they are usually made from PolyCarbonate tubes + tip.
You can find most of what you’ll need at The Saber Armory. Some components can also be found at The Saber Bay on Etsy. Local electronic shops or online stores like Digikey are also a good source.
⇒ Soundboard, the “heart” of our sabers is the Soundboard, here are the 2 major Soundboard producers:
Plecter Labs – from the entry level Nano Biscotte to the high end Crystal Focus.
Naigon Elelctronic Creations – I3 or other equivalent sized sounboards (Spark, ..)
⇒ Battery, Keystone 18650 battery holder required.
⇒ Battery charger, according to the battery voltage used.
⇒ Main Led, Tri-Cree XPE-2 or Neopixel
⇒ Heatsink, custom heatsink recommended for led install or this adapter for Neopixel pogo-pin connector.
⇒ Switches, tactile switches (see instructions).
⇒ Speaker, 24mm speaker
⇒ Accent Leds, 3mm leds + 5mm dummy led (see instructions)
⇒ Wires, we strongly recommend PTFE wires, as the insulation is thin while still able to handle current very well. You can find them from this eBay shop for example. Use the smallest AWG size possible:
– Tri-Cree install => 30awg for eveything
– Neopixel install => 32 awg wires for everything except Battery and Neopixel strip + and – (24awg PTFE).
⇒ Heat shrink tubing, to protect your solder joints.
⇒ 1″ OD blade or 7/8″ OD blade (with 1″ adapter) for the main blade.
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(step by step)
– These instructions will details the install procedure as much as possible. GOTH-3Designs cannot be held responsible for any mistakes made by DIYers.
– Always wear protective gear when working on install (gloves, eye protection, …), GOTH-3Designs cannot be held responsible in case of accident.
Note 1: Use small wires to make your install easier
=> for Tri-cree install 30awg for main wires and 32awg for accent leds and switches are highly recommended
=> for Neopixel 26 or 28awg for main wires (battery and led strip + and -), and 32awg for accent leds and switches are highly recommended
Note 2: These instructions will not cover how to wire the soundboard, make sure to learn how to by reading the manual. make sure to test your install along the way! Making sure everything works after important steps is better than having to dismount everything because something wasn’t wired properly.
These instructions will cover the install for half the staff, the other half being the same.
Remember, 2 chassis are needed to complete the staff install.
The chassis comes with switch plungers attached. Cut away the 2 plungers, they go inside the 2 thumb screws located near the emitter. Before gluing the plunger in, make sure the little Philips screw is properly tighten to the max.
The top 2 thumb screw which operate the tactile switches under them cannot be screwed to the max on the hilt, otherwise they will not work. Test the switches before continuing the build, and eventually add a bit of super glue to secure the thumb screws.
The other 2 thumb screws (toward the middle of the staff) might go a bit too deep in the hilt (especially if tighten to the max) for the chassis to slide in properly. You can either use them a chassis retention screw (not really needed as the chassis is already locked by the emitter), or just sand them a bit until the chassis slides in and out fine.
Remove the prongs at the bottom of the Keystone battery holder.
Then, the negative battery side of the holder needs to be sanded (approx 3mm down, remove and cut the metal part as well). This is to allow SD card access.
Glue 2 dummy 5mm accent leds into the bezels. These dummy leds are just regular 5mm accent led, on which the prongs are cut and the bottom sanded flat. The 3mm accent leds on the chassis will light them up.
The optional convertec knob available in the shop can be used to hide the recharge port hole.
Using epoxy to glue it, the bond will be strong enough to be used as actual covertec (and hang the saber on a belt for cosplay).