Build Your Own Lightsaber
This page will teach how to build your own, unique Lightsaber creation from the ground up, using the interchangeable parts from the Saberz.com Store. For a more technical look at these parts, please read about the Z-Core System.
At Saberz.com, we are passionate about saber design. The entire process of bringing a saber to life is a labor of love, involving an initial concept, 3D modeling, prototyping, iterative design, and then finally on to the production process. Each one of our complete Saberz represents dozens, if not hundreds of hours of design time, making sure every last millimeter is perfect from both an aesthetic and functional perspective.
And the best part is that we create every one of our Saberz to be completely modular and customizable. That's what the Z-Core System is all about; it lets you take any of the design elements we've so carefully crafted for one saber, and splice it onto another. You can even start from scratch, and build up your own custom Saberz.com design piece by piece, without ever having to worry about design, compatibility, or electronics. So, how do you get started building your own Lightsaber? Let's take a look.
Step 1: Start with a Module
In the Z-Core System, the central component of the saber is what we call the Module. You can think of the Module as the backbone of the system, onto which all other parts and custom bits will be attached. The beauty of the Z-Core System is that the Module contains all of the electronics in the saber. That means no matter what other parts you want to put on your saber, you'll never have to worry about modifying or otherwise messing with the electronics.
Keeping everything contained in the Module also has second consequence, and it's even cooler: you can buy just one Module (the most expensive component of the saber), and then create as many different versions of your custom saber as you like by swapping out the much less-expensive Pommels, Emitters, and Accessories. It's like buying one Saberz hilt, and then getting easy access to all the others! We sell Modules in three flavors:
- Prizm Module: This is our top-of-the line Module, which comes pre-installed with the amazing Prizm board. With a Prizm Module, you can specify up to TEN unique, completely custom color profiles, each with its own blade color and Flash-on-Clash color! The colors can be changed on-the-fly, with the blade still on! All our Modules can become different Saberz, but only our Prizm Modules give you a whole world of color. Moreover, Prizm features premium 16-bit sound, driven by a specially-commissioned mini speaker that sounds amazing. The Modules come complete with three soundfonts pre-installed, and a wide range of color profiles. Modifying or replacing the default colors can be done by editing the "override.txt" file at the root of the MicroSD card. The card is easily accessible by hand - no tiny tweezers or special tools required. Just remove the pommel from your Module and push down on the MicroSD card to eject it from its spring-loaded holder.
- Spectrum Module: For those of you who love what the Z-Core System represents, but don't have the budget for a full-on Prizm build will love our Spectrum-equipped Modules. These Modules are built with direct-drive LEDs, running off of a 2600mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. They also feature the same recharge port featured on our Prizm Saberz, so that you never have to open up the saber to charge it! Just plug in to one of our wall chargers, and you're good to go! Stunt Modules do not have sound.
- Empty Module: Some customers are the DIY type; they like to build their hilts themselves. If this is you, then an Empty Module might be your best choice. We sell our Modules with everything you need to make a complete installation, including our massive, custom copper heatsink, our custom switchplates that make installation a breeze, all the fasteners necessary to complete your Module, AND the appropriate switches to fit into the switchplate. You can order the two-switch version with sound holes and 12mm momentary illuminated LEDs, or a single-switch version with a single 16mm latching switch. Both versions come with a 2.1mm recharge port, compatible with our wall chargers.
Okay, so that's the Module. What's next?
Now that you've selected your Module, the next step is attaching things on either side. On the business end (where the LED is), you'll attach any of our Emitters. These are sometimes referred to as blade holders, because that's exactly what they do. All of our Emitters thread directly into the Module, and every Emitter is completely interchangeable: no matter what other parts you want to put on your saber, you'll always be able to swap out for ANY other emitter.
And on the other end from the Emitter, we have the Pommel, which acts as the end piece to the saber. We have two types of Pommels:
- Threaded Pommels: These work exactly like the Emitters do – they just screw directly into the bottom of the Module, nothing else to worry about. And like the Emitters, our Threaded Pommels are universally interchangeable: no matter what other parts you've put on your saber, you can always swap your Pommel for any of our Threaded ones.
- Sleeve Pommels: Instead of screwing into the Module, Sleeve Pommels slide over it, just like a shirt sleeve. Then they're secured by a single M4 button screw, locking them in place. Sleeve Pommels sometimes offer unique design possibilities, which is why we go through the trouble of making them. For example, since they slide over the Module, they can be made not to add any additional length to it. If you prefer shorter hilts, or you're making something for a young person, Sleeve Pommels can be a nice way to avoid excessive length. However, if you have a Shroud over part of your Module, some of the Sleeve Pommels may not be compatible with the Shroud. But not to worry – ALL of the compatibility limitations are clearly listed in the store, so you can know whether or not the Pommel you want will work with your intended design.
With our parts so far: Module, Emitter, and Pommel, you've got a complete saber! But there are more ways to customize it, and that brings us to the next step.
Step Three: Blade/Charger
We offer Blades and Chargers separately, so that you can choose to buy only what you need. All complete Saberz already include a Blade and Charger, and any Module with a Prizm or Spectrum installation will have a charger included. But if you want or need extras, they're available!
Step Four: Customize!
There are LOTS of ways to customize your completed Saberz.com hilt. First up, you can take a look at the various Grips and Shrouds we offer. And there's no reason you have to use them exactly how we do for our standard designs: want an Oracle with one gold and one black Shroud piece? Get them both, then you can mix-and-match.
Some people like to add an organic touch to their Saberz, with things like a leather grip wrap, hardwood accents, etc. Feel free to let your creative juices flow! But even if you don't want to stray beyond the parts available in the Store, there are lots of possibilities for unique and interesting creations. And best of all, we're ALWAYS designing new Saberz and Parts, so you can look forward to fresh ideas and virtually endless customization possibilities.
Thanks for reading. We hope this page was useful in helping you understand our Saberz better. Ready to make your own? Let's get started!