3D printing has been quite the tool for creating custom and personalized action figures and figurines. It seems as though it was only a little over a year ago that the combination of 3D scanning and 3D printing led to companies beginning to create scaled down models of real life human beings. Heck, I even have a 3D printed model of myself sitting on my desk as I write this article. While it’s kinda creepy, everyone that sees it is amazed at the quality that today’s 3D printers are capable of putting out. There is no mistaken that my “mini me” is a scaled down model of myself.
For one 46-year-old man named Peter Mitchell, 3D modeling and 3D printing provided him with a way in which he could change his life. After working in a call center for quite some time, just a few months ago he decided to quit after watching the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
“I saw that and realised I was going in the wrong direction,” Mitchell tells 3DPrint.com. “I’m now working as a scenic carver/prop maker for TV and film. I have made a few large scale sculptures for an upcoming movie and recently finished working on Season 3 of Da Vinci’s Demons.”
Recently Mitchell was tasked with creating four figurines for American actress and glamour model Coco Austin. Mitchell modeled the popular American pop-culture star and then proceeded to 3D print her out in four different poses. After some elaborate post processing and painting the Coco figurines came out just perfectly. Afterwards, duplicates were created by casting them in resin. We imagine that Coco was quite pleased with the results.
This wasn’t all for Mitchell though, as he came up with another idea.
“The idea was to take the original sculpt and divide it into a posable figure,” explained Mitchell. “Also important to me was that the whole thing was my design and so no parts were downloaded and used. The doll is around 11 inches tall, modeled in Zbrush and printed on my home made Rostock delta printer.”
Dividing the doll into multiple parts allows it to be posed in virtually any position imaginable. Mitchell printed the doll using flesh toned ABS that he had to order from Germany, at 0.15mm layer heights for the main parts and 0.10mm for the hands, face, and other smaller parts.
“I needed the material to be a solid colour as painting it would have resulted in worn areas at the joints etc.,” Mitchell tells us.
Once printed, the parts were smoothed using acetone, before being snapped together. The entire doll snaps together using ball joints, meaning parts could be taken off and interchanged with others, if desired. Mitchell didn’t leave any detail out. Even the top of the doll’s head can be removed and the eyes can then be rotated inside.
“There was some trial and error involved in its production, but that is where the beauty of 3D printing shines,” says Mitchell. “I could print a part, snap it on to the figure, test it, make changes and print it again until it was right, this was especially the case in trying to get the range of motion I wanted.”
As you can see in the images, this is one “busty” doll. Surely there will be many men out there looking to get their hands on this 3D printable doll.
“The Coco dolls were originally just something I was working on,” says Mitchell. “Coco found out about these and asked if I could make her a set. I reprinted the figures after making some improvements and then made silicone molds and cast Resin versions for her to have.”
It’s nice to see 3D printing beginning to gain some traction among celebrities. What do you think of Mitchell’s two creations: the Coco doll, and the fully articulated “busty woman” figurine? Discuss in the 3D Printed Coco Austin forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out some photos of both projects below.