Helv'tica Gemini Chassis
1- 3D printed Chassis parts:
Shapeways Shop Section ⇒ C5 – Helv’tica Customs
2 chassis styles are available for Helv’tica Gemini / Arcann
– Style 1 – for NB4+PEx or Prizm5.1, 28mm Premium Speaker and 1×18650 or 2×18650 battery (in parallel for 3.7v setup – Neopixel).
– Style 2 – for CF9 or I3, 28mm Premium Speaker and 1×18650 or 2×18650 battery.
Easy access to the access to Recharge Port, Rice and On/Off switch simply by unscrewing the pommel.
Prices: Depends on the materials selected and Shapeways current rate. Build your cart using the links below in order to get a price estimate for the full chassis.
Install Level: Beginner
⇒ Chassis Style 1: helv-tica-arcann-hilt-chassis-style1
⇒ Chassis Style 2: helv-tica-arcann-hilt-chassis-style2
⇒ 3D printed crystal (optional): helv-tica-arcann-hilt-optional-crystal
2- DIY empty hilts:”
⇒ Contact Helv’tica Customs
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, Prizm 5.1 (recommended) or CF9.
Naigon Elelctronic Creations – from the entry level Spark to the high end I3.
⇒ Battery, 18650 3.7v single battery or 2×18650 (in paralell for 3.7v), or 2×18650 (7.4v for CF9)
⇒ Recharge Port, 1.3mm high amp recharge port (Example)
⇒ Battery charger, according to the battery voltage used.
⇒ Main Led, Tri-Cree XPE-2 or Neopixel
⇒ Switches are provided with the hilt.
⇒ On / Off Switch slider switch (example).
⇒ Speaker, 28mm premium speaker (flat only).
⇒ 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 joints.
⇒ RICE port – a RICE port can be added with a micro jst port. Ex on ebay.
⇒ Heat sink is included with the hilt.
⇒ 1″ or 7/8″ OD Blades
Quick install instructions:
(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: 30awg wires and smaller are mandatory for this install (30awg for main wires and 32awg for accent leds and switches are highly recommended)…. Oh and definitely use colored wires to make your life easier.
Note 2: These instructions will not cover how to wire the soundboard, make sure to learn how to by reading the manual.
Recharge port wiring:
The 1.3mm recharge port and on/off switch insert from the back, make sure to channel the wires correctly (to not touch the speaker).
The board can be wired after installing the speaker and port/switch. Once done, the chassis insert into the crystal chamber part of the hilt.
The 5mm crystal led can then be wired.
The crystal chamber and chassis is eventually inserted into the back part of the hilt. The battery, switches and led can then be wired, with the other chassis part installed in the front hilt.