3D Printing Props and Costumes
Punished Props is learning how to model prop and costume pieces for 3D Printing. Follow along with our videos and create your own models–it just takes practice! We transform the printed pieces even further by cleaning them up and even molding and casting copies.
We have tried out a few different 3D printers and our current machine is the Ultimaker 2+ Extended. To get a 3D model ready for printing, a slicing program is needed. Cura is the free slicer that works with the Ultimaker. For finer control, we invested in is Simplify3D.
We encourage everyone to try modeling their own prints. Once you learn how to model, you can print any prop or cosplay piece you want! If you’ve never modeled for 3D printing before, we recommend learning Fusion 360. The program is free for students and hobbyists. Follow along with the tutorials on the Fusion 360 website to learn the basics. The program looks intimidating, but you only need a few of the tools to create simple items.
3D Modeling Programs
- Fusion 360
- Meshmixer (great for editing models for printing)
- Sculptris (great for organic sculpting)
- Maya (free for students)
3D Slicing Programs
Han Solo’s lucky Sabacc dice are a great little project to learn some basic 3D modeling. In this video Bill shows you how to model the parts in Fusion 360 and then finish and paint the 3D prints to look like the prop from the movie.
Zortax sent us their M300 3D Printer and a pile of filament to create a project. Our family and cosplay counterparts, Jaimi and Rob, were crafting a Samus costume from the Metroid video games and wanted to 3D print the helmet. What a great way to try out the large build volume of the M300 and make an awesome cosplay helmet!
Bill experiments with using 3D printing as an alternate method for creating stencils to add decals to props and costumes! After a bit of tinkering, he gets some pretty great results!
Bill goes over his design process for some 3D printed mechanical, functional parts for an upcoming prop build.
This is it! The final step in our epic cheap 3D printer helmet build. Follow along as Bill shows how he sanded and painted the Tank Trooper helmet that was printed on the ultra budged Anet A8 3D printer.
The 3D Printing Nerd has invaded the Punished Props shop! Bill and Joel answer questions about… 3D Printing! Cheap printers, ABS versus PLA, nozzles, favorite printers, finishing printed parts, beginner projects for kids, and more!
Bill converted an automatic airsoft pistol into the Dead Man Walking sidearm from Destiny 2! This video covers finishing and assembling the 3D printed parts.
3D Printing with ABS filament can be challenging. An enclosure can help keep the temperature inside the printer nice and even. In this video, Bill shows you how he built an enclosure for his Ultimaker.
The time has come to start assembling the Star Wars Tank Trooper helmet that Bill printed on the Anet A8, low budget 3D printer!
Bill learned a valuable lesson about leaving your 3D printed props in a hot car. Unfortunately the Boolean Gemini Scout Rifle was forfeit.
It’s time to kick off the cheap 3D printer prop helmet project. Follow along as Bill shows how he printed all of the parts for his Star Wars Tank Trooper helmet on the Anet A8.
Now that we’ve made our Anet A8 3D printer safer, it’s time to add some upgrades that will make improve the print quality.