With 3d printers now easily accessible, it has surprised me how little they have been used in the airsoft community, especially as a means to recreate sci-fi and fictional guns from various series, movies and games for fans to print, paint and use out in the field.
Researching the area, it is clear there is a lack of available resources for designers to use in aiding in creating such designs. This project aims to produce accurate to use cad models of popular mech boxes and airsoft parts to allow designers to model around these parts in order to create working AEG replicas of any models they wish to build.
This project aims to also create a standard collection of reliable parts that anyone can use for both commercial and non commercial use and develop further products from.
Note: This project formely focused on recreating only printable airsoft magazines, this project has now expanded but previous logs will remain available.
To start this project, I am releasing complete CAD files for a V6 airsoft gearbox compliant as best as I can achieve with the outer dimensions of a CYMA V6 gearbox which itself is a clone of the Tokyo Marui V6 gearbox.
The V6 CAD files do not contain minute details nor internal gears, spring or piston, only the outer dimesions of the shell, nozzle and trigger mechanisms and motor have been modeled. This is to allow for the CAD files to be used for designing a custom AEG from scratch with the capability of using a drop in V6 gearbox bought online. Any AEG cad files build around this model when 3d printed or cnc fabricated, should work with most drop in V6 gearboxes on the market.
Right, so I have a 3d printer coming in January, not the most powerful of units but definately usable for this project. I've started sourcing other materials like springs or looking into the idea of printing mixed materials such as ninjaflex as a way of making a bb pusher for the magazines. Currently the files are open to use by anyone in google sketchup format but if I'm going to progress this project eventually, I will be moving all cad files over to solidworks which I am trained on. Hopefully in the new year this project can kick off. I will be focusing on designing m4 and p90 3d printable magazines for now.
So this update is long overdue, this project is being revived and contributors are welcome, I have released an stl version of the current file but please note it is unfinished and no feeding mechanism is working yet, currently this version has to be tested to ensure it fits an M4 mag well.
As asked, here is a link to the sketchup model of the concept as seen in the images, this version has not been tested yet, nor 3d printed. If someone would please try, add a spring from an existing mag and let me know how it fails (which I expect it to as this is literally version 0.1). The latch that prevents the bbs flying out also needs a spring, the hole should be adjusted large enough that a spring from a cheap click pen should work.
As mentioned in a previous post, college is taking my time away from working on this and without a 3d printer to test my ideas on, I'm pretty limited. If any airsofters with personal 3d printers would like to join this project as a contributor and help make this a reality, please message me.
I've also have a new design that I intend to create that will do away with needing a long feed spring as I've had difficulty trying to source those springs on their own. For now anyways, I'm still busy with college but hopefully someone will atleast try printing this current version.
Ok so I haven't gotten around to updating this idea yet, I have come up with a new approach though that should help keep the cost down. The idea is that the main mag shell is 3d printed, like high caps this magazine will include a spring loaded wheel (elastic band really), around the wheel will be a flexible thin wire. When the wheel is wound, and the magazine filled with bb's, this wire will be used to push the bb's into the airsoft gun. I believe this to be a better approach as its easier to design and get the parts for, for anyone intending to make it. The next piece I need to figure out is the small pin the prevents the bb's flying out when the magazine is unloaded, the current Idea is to just use a spring from a pen to keep the pin under pressure.
I still hope to get around to designing the cad files for this once I'm on my break from college.
Due to college taking away my time and the parts and materials I'm using for this particular project are at home rather than with me in college, I haven't had much time to work on this idea. I do have a new approach I intend to use with this idea and hopefully come summer time, I'll be able to get back to work on designing this.
I decided to start with a basic M4 / M16 / HK416 magazine for an airsoft aeg as well I have an ICS M4. I have the basic theory of how the magazine is meant to operate plotted out and the first generation of the various components modelled up in sketchup (see images in this project). I will be reviewing these parts for any possible issues or points of failure. Hopefully early in September I can start printing and assembling the first prototype and then test it out.
If all goes well with testing the first prototype, i will upload the 3d parts for others to download and print, hopefully the cost of printing will turn out cheaper than the magazines on the market.
i really would like to use a normal spring to feed the bb's but I cant find where to buy them anywhere for a good price.
ok since my current airsoft aeg is an M4 model produced my ICS, I will start by making 3d printable M4 mags, over time (if this project succeeds) I will work on producing 3d printable mags for all of the main popular airsoft aegs including, AK, steyr, P90, g36, MP5 to name a few .
ok so to keep the 3d print as cheap as possible I need to keep the number of parts to print as low as possible. So far the casing will require 2 parts to print, ie the 2 sides, the bb feeder will also need to be 3d printer. I was unable to locate easily the springs normally used in these magazines so I am looking into using easily obtained elastic bands to push the feeder and feed bbs into the aeg. lastly the tiny nib that stops bbs flying out of the magazine when not in the aeg.
I will start by mocking up ideas in sketchup first, it will be a few months yet until I get access to a 3d printer in order to be able to test ideas.