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!
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 printing, molding, and casting the Bladerunner Blaster.
3D Printing Han Solo’s Lucky Dice
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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.