Nov 1, 2016 | By Tess

For Halloween lovers like myself, November 1st can be a sad day, when the costumes and Halloween props get packed away for another year. This year, however, there might be recourse to keep your costuming spirit alive, as Pinshape and Ultimaker have launched a 3D printing cosplay design challenge.

Online 3D printing marketplace and community Pinshape has teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker to present makers with a new design challenge geared towards costume and cosplay props. The contest, which is accepting submissions until November 24th, 2016, is free and open to makers all over the world, providing they are registered with Pinshape.

There are a few guidelines to follow for the 3D printed cosplay challenge, mostly in place to maintain the integrity of the contest. First, all 3D model entries must be open-source (that is to say, free) and must be original designs (that means no remixes of existing models). In the spirit of cosplay, however, makers are invited to draw inspiration from and recreate their favorite movie, TV, or video game characters. Been looking for an excuse to model your own Dr. Strange amulet or Ghost in the Shell Seburo gun? This could be it!

The design challenge is sure to bring many talented makers and cosplay projects to the fore, especially as participants are further incentivized with some pretty great prizes. For instance, first prize winner will be awarded with an Ultimaker 3 3D printer, 2 rolls of Ultimaker filament (winner’s choice), and an awesome 3D printed Cutaway Saber Hilt designed by Sean Charlesworth. Second place will be awarded with an Ultimaker 2 Go and 2 rolls of filament, while third place will get a $150 gift card to Eucl3D, the 3D printed prop store.

Fittingly, the entries will be judged by a representative from each participating company, including Brian Graf, Co-founder of Eucl3D, Sander van Geelen from Ultimaker, and Garrett, a Pinshape Ambassador from Youtube channel Chaos Core Tech. They will be looking for a number of things in the cosplay 3D models, including technical excellence (is it 3D printable?), presentation (image quality, print and assembly instructions), and aesthetics (how accurate is the model to the original character?). And while it is not necessary to have a 3D printed version of your model pictured, it would help.

If you need additional inspiration for your 3D printed cosplay prop or costume, check out our Top 30 3D printed Halloween costumes and props of 2016 or Pinshape’s prolific cosplay category.



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