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Faire Play Recurve Bow Now on Shapeways!

Here it is, folks! I’ve redesigned the Faire Play recurve bow so that people without access to 3D printers can get one on Shapeways.

Just click here and Shapeways will happily print you a bow and quiver on one of their industrial-sized dream-making machines.

shapeways bow

shapeways quiver

In her youth, Barbara Millicent Roberts (“Barbie” to the world at large) passed through a phase where she adorned her handwritten i’s with a little heart instead of a dot. By the time she completed astronaut training she had outgrown such frippery, and besides it caused too much consternation among the top brass and crew-cut stiffs at Mission Control.

She retained a secret, unprofessional fondness for the motif, and every now and then, when she wasn’t vaccinating pets, transplanting hearts, or busting perps in back alleys, she’d sketch a heart or two on a cocktail napkin and wonder how her life would have been different if she’d remained a hearter of i’s.

just bow and quiver

Faire Play Funding Goal Reached!

Yesterday, thanks to the combined efforts of 238 individual backers, Faire Play reached its funding goal of $5000 USD. I couldn’t be happier, and I’m very excited to begin work on the parade armor.

I’ve created a digital token of gratitude for my backers and social media enablers: the Faire Play Recurve Bow.

doll with bow

You can download the bow and quiver right now, for free, for real, no strings attached, from The Forge. Print it out and send Barbie to the range with Katniss and Merida.

This bow is sculpted from organic, locally-sourced vertices, filtered and purified from the droppings of only the mimsiest free-range borogoves, and it’ll fire a 6″ cosmetic swab across a room with dismissive ease.

The flood of support and media attention that Faire Play has received has convinced me that a not insignificant portion of the world wants to see Barbie wearing and bearing more medieval armor and arms.

I’m a huge fan of Giving The People What They Want, so I’m announcing a modest stretch goal.

If our little community can add another $1000 to the Kickstarter’s original goal, I’ll redesign the bow so that it can be printed as a single piece on Shapeways. Then anyone, anyone! will be able to make their Barbie dolls deadly at a distance with a couple of clicks. My initial tests show that Shapeways should be able to print a bow for less than $10.

During the redesign, I’ll naturally be making the bow and quiver more elegant and lovely than they are now. The quiver in particular will be a fascinating design challenge; to keep printing costs down I’ll have to remove as much material as possible from the design without compromising utility or strength. Fortunately, I live for this kind of thing.

And mascarpone with green apples. I live for that too.

So thanks everyone. This project has been a wonderful experience so far and I’m really looking forward to the next step.

If this is the first time you’ve heard of Faire Play and you’re all like whazzat? here’s the original Kickstarter video. TL;DW: It’s Barbie-Compatible 3D printed medieval armor.

Oooo! One more thing I’ve been meaning to get to! Last week I was interviewed by @dutchmogul and friends for their Go For Rainbow podcast. We talk about design and 3D printing, and eventually segue into discussing video games. Fun stuff, give it a listen.