While the AEP7 laser pistol might not be the most powerful weapons from the Fallout series, it is one of the more beautiful weapons with it’s simple futuristic lines. Me being a huge fan of the series, I wanted a weapon that was easy to make on a 3D printer. With most weapons being too big, I chose a weapon I always carried with me, a laser pistol.
Besides a few props there were not very many attempts at the laser pistol. Most people make the laser rifle and skip the pistol (who can blame them). 3D printing a rifle is a bit much for me, so a pistol is the logical step down. First the 3D model was made in Solidworks. I didn´t just want it to be a simple model that only looked like a laser pistol, so I added a functioning magazine and a laser.
This model was split into 16 separate parts. The energy cells were not designed by me, there was already someone who took the effort to design them and they worked like a charm. Next step was to print all the parts and a few magazines (sorry no pictures). Around 40 hours of printing on my UP! later I was left with a bunch of PLA plastic parts.
I didn’t print these parts on the highest accuracy (I am not made of time) so the parts were pretty rough. I used filler primer to fill up the major print lines. This was sanded down to a fairly smooth finish. I don’t need these parts to be ultra smooth since it is going to get the rugged look anyway. After that the parts were painted in the base colors: silver, green and black.
It is almost a shame to weather the parts. While the beauty comes from the rugged look, it is strange to paint parts in color just to add a layer of black paint to it later.
The decals were added in the form of a sheet op paper with the right decals printed on. I took a picture earlier to merge the fine detailed decals to the underlying weathered parts.
Some final electronics were added to add a laser, make the trigger work, hook up the energy cells to the laser. A piece of cable painted yellow was added to the side to complete the Laser-Pistol.
I am incredibly pleased with the results. With the Pip-Boy I was still figuring out how to properly paint and weather 3D printed models. With the experience from the Pip-Boy I was able to make it just the way I wanted. I think it looks just like the one from the game. The laser works and the magazine is a very nice addition to an otherwise plain design.
Make it yourself
I like to design and build these models, but I like it more when other people get to benefit from it too. I added a download to all the 3D models and decals, so anyone with a 3D printer can make it.
Edit 28-09-15: There have been people who have had a hard time printing the muzzle part of the pistol. If you want, you can try a split version. It has no mounting notches and holes, but it is split so it has next to no support material. Click here to download the split version of the muzzle.
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What else you need:
- 1kg of filament (PLA or ABS)
- Electronics of your choice
- An unknown amount of M3 and M4 screws
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