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When I saw this Lightsaber, I knew immediately that it was the work of Bradley Lewis. We have featured his work before, and I’m sure we will again in the future. Be sure to check out the entire build process, including how he made the spring action mechanism, and detachable blade. There are several other great videos on page 7 that show it being used with the blade attached. via – Reddit

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Simon says:

    Cool! I have a Star Wars lightsaber similar to this I made in, oh, about 1994. High brightness LEDs were trickier to get then so I had to order them from Farnell. The blade screwed on and is made from rolled up overhead transparency film. I always wanted to do something better there.

    The sound was controlled by a single button like this one and I have a PIC16C84 and an AMD 128k memory chip in it to store the samples (from memory). I stored each sample in a ‘page’ in the AMD memory then used three bits on the PIC as the top address bits to do page selection then had a 555 I think as a counter running into a binary counter to sequence through the low bits in order. It played the starting sound, then the hum then the shutdown sound when you hit the button again. There was a relay in it so when it switched off it was really off. Then it would latch on once repowered up. The data was output to some kind of latch then through a simple R-2R D to A converter then into a LM386 as an amp. There are recharagable batteries in the hilt to power it all.

    The biggest issue I remember was getting a good enough tiny speaker to fit in there.

    It still works despite being covered in dust!

    I should take some photos or a little film or something. Must recharge the batteries!

    1. Marcello says:

      Could u send me the project? I’ll build the sound board too!

  2. Great eBook about how to build your own prop-quality light saber – http://bit.ly/BuildYourSaber