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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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.
As the Boolean Gemini scout rifle prop nears completion, Bill goes over why he prefers to sand all of the parts manually instead of using acetone vapor smoothing to remove the print lines.
The model for the Boolean Gemini is completed and Bill is furiously printing the remaining parts. Follow along as he adds the stock to this Destiny rifle.
Finally Bill starts putting together all of the parts for his 3D printed Destiny scout rifle; the Boolean Gemini.
Learn some basic 3D modeling techniques in Fusion 360 for prop and costume making and 3d printing. Bill shows you a couple of basic operations to make parts for the Boolean Gemini scout rifle from Destiny.
Bill made a ton of progress on the Boolean Gemini gun prop from Destiny! Three more parts were modeled and printed. Check out how he fixed a couple mistakes on the prints and learn how to fill in some unwanted texture using super glue.
Bill, Britt, Barnacules, and Xaqaria team up to build Reinhardt’s epic helmet from Overwatch. The piece was 3D modeled, printed on Ultimaker printers, and finished by this team of supreme badasses!
Learn a couple of simple techniques for gluing together your 3D printed prop parts. Then blend the seams so that you’ll never know there was any kind of gap. Also, magnets!
Not satisfied with the stock tires on his radio controlled car, Bill sets about modeling and printing his own custom tires using the Form 2 printer and a flexible material.
To prove that the gun is scaled properly, Bill decided to model and print the handle next and see how it fits in his hand. Check out some 3D modeling skills in Fusion 360.
Bill and Bindi talk about several types of 3D printing techniques, printers, and materials for use in creating some of her amazing Overwatch costumes.
We had a chance to borrow the Form 2 3D printer to play with and see what sort of things we can make for our prop and costume making projects!