3D Printing Props and Costumes

We use 3D printing for all kinds of projects here at Punished Props Academy. Whether we’re printing an entire prop for clean up, molding, and casting, printing small parts for a larger project, or even printing the casing for a mold, we’ve found a multitude of uses for this technique that we’re eager to share with you!

Our current machines are the Ultimaker 2+ Extended, The Lulzbot Mini, and the Form 2 SLA Printer, but we’ve tried a few other printers as well!

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. 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.

    3D Modeling Programs

    3D Slicing Programs

    Check out this super handy podcast we did with our buddy Joel, The 3D Printing Nerd! We talk all about different aspects of 3D printing – printers, filament, and more!

    3D printing, molding, and casting the Bladerunner Blaster.

    3D Printing Han Solo’s Lucky Dice

    More 3D Printing Videos:

    HOW TO Make Han Solo’s Lucky Dice PROP with 3D Printing

    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.

    3D Printing a Samus Metroid Helmet – Zortrax M300

    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!

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