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Unread 10-20-2016, 01:29 PM   #1
Pikawhoboy
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3d printed cosplay costumes?

Has anyone tried 3d printing for cosplay costumes?

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2470311,00.asp

I'm not sure how the quality would be but looks like something to try for sure.

Love to hear from someone who tried this before.

I even found a few files floating around like this World of Warcraft.

https://pinshape.com/items/15145-3d-...ld-of-warcraft

I got access to a 3d printer through my college so any pointers are appreciated.

Thx!
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Unread 10-21-2016, 11:00 AM   #2
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So the thing with 3D printing is that in the engineering world, it's a prototyping mechanism. It's meant for creating test pieces, or making molds, or seeing how components might fit together. Not really meant for final parts-- the most common print materials, like PLA and ABS, are pretty brittle if you leave them as-is. Low-level printers (which are usually the things students have access to) also don't have a super amazing resolution, so you'll get some tiny ridges in your part between layers. IE, it'll never be perfectly smooth.

That being said, you can use 3D printing in a ton of useful ways! You can pretty easily clean up a print with an outer coating of something smooth (eg plastidip) and get a really nice finish on prop pieces. If you use it for mold making, you can cast your final part in something else which has better material properties (such as strength, durability, or flexibility). It's also totally fine if it's something decorative, like jewelry or detailing-- if it's not going to sustain much in the way of force, it should work just fine. That's my two cents, since I've had access to various levels of 3D print quality as an engineering student working in wearable tech.

What were you thinking of making, out of curiosity?
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Unread 10-21-2016, 12:26 PM   #3
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I only used 3D printing for the hilt of a sword and a small piece of jewelry. But I'm very happy with the result. StarsOfCassiopeia gave some great info!
I do think I've seen a cosplay which was entirely 3D printed, so it's not impossible.
Just keep in mind that (especially good quality) 3D printing costs a lot.

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Low-level printers (which are usually the things students have access to) also don't have a super amazing resolution, so you'll get some tiny ridges in your part between layers. IE, it'll never be perfectly smooth.
It is easy to smoothen the objects by sanding it, it just takes a bit time c:
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Unread 10-22-2016, 01:15 AM   #4
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^ Clarification on my previous commentary based on what Shienra just said: You're not going to get a totally smooth part from printing without a bit of post-processing. Ie, surface treatments or sanding.
(Sanding can still be kinda hard though because of the whole being brittle thing.)
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