When I first heard of 3D printing, it sounded like something futuristic. Then I took a deeper dive into this mysterious fairytale, and discovered that it’s a legitimate phenomenon sweeping the fantastical world of cosplay. Literally! And it makes total sense, because costumes and cons are getting more advanced by the second. People are spending upwards of 500 hours designing and printing complex armor suits like this Nova Terra suit from Blizzcon 2015, or this full-sized Batman suit. Obviously you can start at a much more basic level and make a Mr. Potato Head printed mask, and go super crazy from there.
The simple days of a needle and thread are evolving, but luckily, 3D printing isn’t all that hard to learn either. There are numerous online tutorials that introduce you to the different printers available, offer tips and tricks for designing something from scratch, and point you in the right direction when you’re looking for existing designs. Find the one that works for you, and let your creativity run wild.
Now for a seriously cool example of what 3D printing can achieve, the image above shows ultra-stylish 3D printed Zortrax Super Hero Masks designed by Piotr Czyzewski. I love the LED lights behind the eyes for ultimate jaw-dropping effect. The greatest and most ingenious thing about this whole printing phenomenon, is that it’s totally customizable, giving costume makers and cosplayers the freedom to mix up their designs. Also, 3D printers are able to achieve dimensional accuracy, so the costume can be properly fitted to your measurements. This is not the future, this is now.
So, if you’re sufficiently teeming with curiosity to learn more about the practical and magical wonders of 3D printing, visit Zortrax to find projects like their superhero mask or The Replica Prop Forum for prop and costume ideas and help for just about any fandom. Want even more inspiration? Check out the absolutely amazing suit of 3D printed armor that Melissa Ng created for Felicia Day!
Are you going to get into 3D printing, for pleasure or for work? Got some ideas to modify this mask? Sound off in the comments below.