The things people can make with 3D printers never ceases to amaze me. This Nightingale Bow from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim by Marco Antonio Pérez Morata is a perfect example.
Using the popular design software SolidWorks, Morata created the model concept in about eight hours and then printed 12 pieces with a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer.
He explains to 3D Print it took 58 hours to complete the printing process.
“I split the model up so that it would require very little post processing. It is split up like a jigsaw so that you can take it straight from the print bed and assemble the pieces. I split the bow in half as not to lose too much detail, but kept the two end pieces as one to give the model more rigidity. I did end up gluing the two halves together just to ensure a solid build.”
Check out more pics after the break.
Perhaps the coolest feature of this incredible build is that the string is 3D printed as well. In lieu of real string, Morata used flexible NinjaFlex filament that he believes would actually be capable of shooting an arrow.
It may not be the most effective weapon for a Dragonborn, but it beats smithing.
Design files for the bow are available for download on MyMiniFactory.
(via 3D Print)