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Offline darth_call

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What the,….. a CLEAR lightsaber!

This started out as one of those, “Hey, can I do this?” kinda things and then as we started thinking about it, we were able to justify making it. This will be a concept piece at the BabelCon Convention to show people what all goes into making a lightsaber. That’s the only excuse I was able to come up with. Honestly, we just thought it would be cool to make a clear lightsaber.


It’s a project we’ve been working on for a while. Most of the time was spent hunting down parts. It’s pretty hard finding small pieces of 1.5” and 1.25” @ 1/4” thick in small quantities.
The hilt is 1.5” clear Poly-C tubing with an ID of 1.25”
The LED/Blade Holder is a 1.25” clear Poly-C tube with an ID of 1”

The inner chassis is clear poly-C disks cemented on a ¼” poly-C Tube.
The soundboard is an Anakin HFX board supplying power to 5 accent LEDs and 1 LUX III Blue LED.
We were even able to find some Clear Poly-C 8/32 screws!


Gracious thanks again to Darth Tyranus and Qui-Gon Jinn for helping with the “how-to” on wiring accents. ;)

It is surprisingly durable and can easily handle light dueling, though it does scuff up pretty easy, …so we’re gonna hold off on all that until after the convention.

It is also not as loud as I would like it, but I think it has to do with either no resonance chamber, or the lack of a metal housing.

Anyways, here are the pictures and a video, feel free to ask questions. The Accent LEDs are superbrights from allelectronics, so trying to get clear shots of them were pretty tough, sorry for the contrast.
Onto the Pictures! ;D ;D



       

        

     




And a video, ......or two.


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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2009, 03:37:11 PM »
AMAZING! Love this look. Just need to cover up the batteries, somehow. Possibly by creating a thin shroud around the battery pack? Make it look more 'realistic'? I say about a wholly fictional item. ;)
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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2009, 03:38:23 PM »
 Wow DC that is inovative !!! :o I have never seen anything like it !!! :) Very cool !!! 8)

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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2009, 03:43:21 PM »
AMAZING! Love this look. Just need to cover up the batteries, somehow. Possibly by creating a thin shroud around the battery pack? Make it look more 'realistic'? I say about a wholly fictional item. ;)

Interestingly, the first concept did have the battery pack covered in a thin dark colored tubing, ....but in the end, we wanted it to show all aspects of the saber, including its "real" power source.  :D :D

We still have a few pieces are dark colored tubing if we change our minds though, .....this'll be a continued work for a while I think.

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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009, 03:44:46 PM »
very enlightening
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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 07:00:56 PM »
Fantastic!!... :o I can't believe you found poly-C screws... :D
   
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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 07:20:21 PM »
You two really pushed the envelope with this one I tell ya!  Very very cool! :o

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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 07:47:28 PM »
Can you tell we're focusing a little more on the "concept" part of Gemini Concepts?  ;D

This will be "attention-getting" at Babelcon!

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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2009, 08:04:13 PM »
Wow DC that is inovative !!! :o I have never seen anything like it !!! :) Very cool !!! 8)

I have, xwingban made one, but hes rebuilding it for a CF last I knew.

It does look cool, I wouldent mind a clear saber but I wouldent want to handle it at all cause I wouldent want to get the scratch remover and have to use that all the time.

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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2009, 08:11:40 PM »
this is pretty cool... I have not been around as long, and I have never seen Xwing's saber... so this is a first for me as well... it is totally awesome!
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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2009, 08:28:41 PM »
Extremely cool and innovative design you got there.  That's clearly a winner of a saber.  :)

I agree, I think the exposed battery pack works better for this concept.


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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2009, 08:58:48 PM »
Extremely cool and innovative design you got there.  That's clearly a winner of a saber.  :)


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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2009, 09:05:18 PM »
Im a glassblower and have been working on a clear pyrex saber. this looks like it would be alot easier. pyrex is not easy to drill.
my only concern for your saber is heat disapation whereas with aluminum and pirex heat is disapated easily. did you put a huge heatsink on it? nice job. it ought to give alot of non builders insight into how much goes into these and our hobby


gotta say.. I hope this isnt too inappropriate.... but with that grip section it looks like something Id see at the Adult shop up the street
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Re: Gemini Concepts Presents, The Enlighten, a Clear Light Saber.
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2009, 09:41:36 PM »
Now that's something you don't see every day.  Nicely done gentlemen.  This will def get some attention at the con.