Thor is an interesting superhero, and, as is now apparently required for all comic book characters, has several movies made about him. Unlike other comic book heroes, Thor now has his primary weapon, his hammer, (properly known as the Mjölnir), depicted as 3D printed glowing light.

Creator and programmer Anthony made this because of “A desire to improve [his] CAD skills and learn Fusion 360.” He also wished to “make something cool for [his] son.” I’d say he succeeded on both accounts, as the finished product looks quite nice. From my perspective as someone who works with CAD on a regular basis, it’s a very well-done model, especially for someone just learning a CAD package. The intricate inlays on several model sections shown on its Thingiverse page are quite impressive.

You can download models from the Thingiverse page. Anthony designed it in workable sections so that “most printers could handle the size.” He himself used a Maker Gear M2, which he describes as “an amazing printer.” Sections are attached by screwing together or with tension, except for the head end caps, which are glued in place.

As for how it lights up, “It has a night light wiring kit inside that plugs into the wall. Originally it was lit using a battery powered LED lamp kit.” Not knowing this, I wondered if heat buildup might be an issue, but Anthony correctly pointed out that “LED lights don’t produce a lot of heat.” It’s a great piece, and one that should scare the monsters away if used in a night light role!

Anthony recommends that one should “[spend] time learning some basic CAD skills after getting a 3D printer. It’s very rewarding making your own design.” I’d agree with this entirely (though I instead have a CNC router) as it opens up immense use possibilities. Sure, it’s fun having the “factory” in your garage, but if you are also the designer, what could be better?

[via Reddit]