3D Printing Props and Costumes
Punished Props is learning modeling for 3D Printing. Follow along with our videos and create your own models–it just takes practice! We take the printed pieces even further by cleaning them up and even molding and casting copies.
Our current 3D printer is the Dremel Idea Builder. It’s a “plug and play” reliable workhorse that uses PLA filament. The Idea Builder’s built-in printing software is limited, so we invested in is Simplify3D, which has improved our print quality greatly.
We encourage everyone to try modeling their own prints. Once you learn how to model, you can print anything you want! Here’s a list of modeling programs below. If you’ve never modeled before, we recommend learning 123D Design, which keeps things simple, but is also limited. We’re currently learning 123D Design’s big brother; Fusion 360, which is awesome!
3D Modeling Programs
After reinforcing the Star-Lord helmet with epoxy and fiberglass, Bill got to work doing the bulk of the paint job. For this prop, he went with “metalizer” lacquers and an airbrush.
You read that right. Last week I 3D printed a flexible glove platform and this week I made aesthetic shell pieces to cover up the finger parts. These pieces were modeled in Fusion 360 and printed on the Sigma 3D printer. In this video I show how I finished and assembled those parts.
Bill got his hands on the Sigma Dual Extrusion 3D printer from BCN3D and put it to the test, creating a flexible and rigid costume glove platform. This video is a tutorial on how to prepare multiple material prints so that the flexible NinjaFlex and rigid ABS materials bond together.
After spending more than a year learning how to use 3D printing to make props, Bill dives in with his opinion on the current state of the technology.
Our second installment of dedicated 3D printing videos are done and we certainly had a lot of fun. Here’s some chatter about the season, some of your questions, and what’s in store for season 3!
In this final episode of the Boolean Gemini build, Bill shows how he did all of the final detail painting, assembly, and weathering.
Bill finishes up his 3D printed lightsaber kit. After installing the LEDs and batteries, he attached the switch, glued everything together, and then gave it a nice pass of weathering paint.
In this second to last video in the 3D printed Boolean Gemini scout rifle build, Bill starts painting the prop! Using masking tape, masking fluid, and an airbrush, several layers of paint are applied.
Joel the 3D Printing Nerd joined Bill in the shop to put together and paint some really amazing 3D printed lightsaber kits designed by Sean Charlesworth.
It’s Commander Holly Conrad’s Helmet! Britt shows you how she 3D models, prints, assembles, and paints the helmet. Plus, vacuum-forms the visor!
Bill made a new wedding ring for himself using the Form 2 3D printer, a high temperature silicone, and pewter casting!
When it comes to making super refined 3D printed prop guns, filling and sanding is what will make or break the finish of your piece. Bill shows you how to fool anyone with your 3D printed props in part 8 of the Boolean Gemini build.