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
Cheap, DIY 3D printers can pose a significant fire and safety hazard if not used with extreme caution. Bill shows off the safety upgrades he’s made to this machine so that he can print his helmet with confidence.
Flexible props can make amazing stunt and convention ready weapons! Follow Bill as he 3D models and prints Genji’s shrunken on the Lulzbot Taz Mini with the Flexystruder.
Bill and Britt start their low budget 3D printer adventure by putting together the $165 Anet A8 kit.
While at Matterhackers, Bill teamed up with Alec to show how the Destiny Boolean Gemini scout rifle prop is assembled from plethora of 3D printed parts.
Bill and Ali Williams teamed up to bring the Nuka Cola Thirst Zapper prop to live! Together at the Matterhackers shop, the duo assembled and painted the prop gun.
Prop 3D Season 3 is just around the corner and Bill has the rundown on what you can expect! We’re covering a budget 3D printer build, plenty of props, and experimenting with flexible filament!
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.