Lightsaber

lightsaber

Materials

  • foamcore , width 1cm, size > 60 cm
  • 4 LED
  • battery holder (4x AAA)
  • small switch
  • wires
  • adhesive tape (transparent)
  • 2 x printer paper
  • hot glue gun
  • OPTIONAL soldering station to solder the LED and wires

Work time: about 1 hour

We have used this battery holder and switch

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Schematics

lightsaber blueprint
lightsaber blueprint

Measure your battery holder and adapt the size of the lightsaber holder cutout to fit the battery.

Draw the shape of the parts on foam core and using a cutter cut the blade and the handle.

lightsaber foamcore
lightsaber foamcore
lightsaber foamcore
lightsaber foamcore

Wires and LEDs

Place the leds as in the schematics image and measure the wires to match the distances between the leds.

It is recommended to solder the wires and leds together, in case you don’t have a soldering iron try to wrap the wires together.

Use tape to isolate all exposed metal parts.

Test the circuit connecting the wires to the batteries.

Place 2 leds on each side of the lightsaber.

lightsaber led
lightsaber led

The blade

Using tape attach the wires and the leds to the foamcore blade.

Test again the wires to see if no wire is loose/disconnected.

Colour the 2 papers and using tape create a tube that will fit the blade.

lightsaber blade cover
lightsaber blade cover
lightsaber
lightsaber

The Handle

Based on your measurements for the battery holder, and after cutting out the internal part of the handle, glue the battery holder.

Glue also the switch and connect the wires.

lightsaber hadle
lightsaber hadle
lightsaber hadle
lightsaber hadle

Attach the Blade

Glue the blade on the handle, place it over (2cm) the handle so that there is more surface to glue.

lightsaber handle
lightsaber handle
lightsaber
lightsaber
lightsaber
lightsaber
lightsaber
lightsaber
January 24, 2019

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