We have seen 3D printing used in the creation of many cosplay props in the past. The technology really goes hand in hand with cosplay, as it allows for the complete customization of just about any prop imaginable. Whether it is a hat from a movie, a mask from a TV show, or a weapon from a video game, 3D printing is able to aid in the replication of these objects. One man, named Brian Johnson, founder of Johnson Arms, has been using 3D printing for quite some time in order to create molds for different props and other creative pieces.
Johnson uses a proven method to fabricate many different objects. While the end products themselves are not actually 3D printed, Johnson’s method uses 3D printing in order to create his products.
“[They are] derived from a 3D print, but the item you receive is actually a resin cast made from the mold created by the 3D print,” Johnson tells 3DPrint.com. “It’s not the original ABS print that you receive, but a resin copy which is heavier and a lot stronger than the ABS which usually breaks in the molding process.”
He has created quite the list of unique products, including a Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, Good Samaritan from Hell Boy, a Duke MK44 from Destiny, a Halo 4 Master Chief Helmet, a 1:1 scale Ghost from Destiny, Wolf Wood’s pistol from Trigun, a Halo Reach M6G SOCOM Personal Defense Pistol, and much more.
His latest creation may just be the coolest of them all. For those fans of the Destiny video game, it will certainly pique your interest. Destiny, for those of you who have been living on another planet, is a first-person shooter, developed by a company called Bungie and published by Activision. It generated over $500 million in sales in one day, and is said to be the most successful new gaming franchise launch of all time, according to Activision.
Johnson, with help from Vrogy Props, who 3D modeled the gun, and Impact Props, who printed the mold, created the Thorn Hand Cannon from Destiny. The results were quite amazing, to say the least. The end product is a replica that would make any Destiny fan proud. Johnson prepped and hand painted the gun himself, capturing all of the unique details and colors of the video game weapon.
While the Thorn Hand Cannon is not yet available to purchase, other props by Johnson are available in his Etsy shop and range in price from $38 to $450.
What do you think about this extremely detailed replica of this Destiny gun? Discuss in the Thorn Hand Cannon forum thread on 3DPB.com.