Jun 12, 2015 | By Simon

If there is one subculture that knows how to get the most out of using 3D printing to create fully customized designs for relatively low cost, cosplay designers and participants certainly rank high up on that list.  

Cosplay - which is a form of popular culture-inspired performance art - is when participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories that represent different characters or ideas that are found in tv show, movie, video game, manga, anime and other branches of entertainment culture.  Oftentimes, these cosplayers congregate in groups at popular culture events or local meetups.  

Among others who have taken the art of cosplay design to another level with regards to additive manufacturing include Michael Ruddy from Hero Complex Props.  Previously, 3Ders reported on a project that Ruddy did along with digital artist Jacob Morin that involved creating a full sized, wearable 3D printed replica of the Avengers Ultron helmet as seen in the most reason film from the superhero franchise.

To create the human-scale helmet design, Ruddy used his (at the time) new gMax 1.5 XT 3D printer to create separate pieces for each part of the helmet before they were assembled and finished with bondo and paint to produce an accurate replica of the helmet design.  

More recently, Ruddy fired up his gMax 1.5 XT 3D printer to create another cosplay prop inspired by the 1991 classic film Hook - which starred Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman.  

The project, which involved creating a replica of the hook worn by Dustin Hoffman in the movie, was created for popular cosplayer Connor Breen who is planning on cosplaying as Captain Hook.

After digital artist Kevin Lunt created a 3D model of the hook design using Blender, the model was split up into four pieces and each was printed at a .15 layer height using the gMax 1.5 XT 3D printer.  In total, the four pieces took just under 25 hours to fabricate on the printer, Ruddy told us.

Although the 3D printed hook is just a small part of the complicated cosplay design, it’s a great example of just how powerful 3D printing can be when used to create custom physical objects; by having Hero Complex create the hook, Breen had a variety of options for the design at his disposal including the ability to have the interior of the hook molded to the exact shape of his hand.  



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Fred Sena wrote at 6/12/2015 7:54:07 PM:

I've made the 3D model and MyMiniFactory printed it few months ago. Convergence of ideas. https://www.myminifactory.com/object/captain-hooks-hook-3559 File is free to download as always.

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