3D printing has been responsible for some really incredible costumes as of late. The technology provides the perfect solution for designers who wish to create fully custom elements on their creations. This has led to an unbelievable adoption rate for those within the cosplay realm.
One designer, named Lloyd Roberts, has been utilizing 3D printing since he purchased his first MakerBot Replicator 2 back in late 2012. He now works for MyMiniFactory and iMakr, after graduating from the University of Lincoln in September 2014. His latest creation is one that would make any fan of the Destiny video game quite pleased.
He 3D modeled and then printed the ‘Mask of the Third Man’ from the hit game, and has since made the design available to download free of charge, via MyMiniFactory.
“The idea is actually something that I have wanted to do for a long time,” Roberts tells 3DPrint.com. “I specifically chose the Hunter helmet ‘Mask of the Third Man’ because it is one of my favourites from the game in terms of aesthetics as well as being a challenging build, though I would also like to make helmets from the two other classes in Destiny; Warlock and Titan.”
“I found jumping between the two pieces of software a good way of building a very accurately detailed model whilst still being able to use ZBrush for the more organic and skull shaped parts that needed to flow more naturally as well as having some sharp features,” says Roberts. “This is something that is possible in Rhino, but would take a lot longer to do.”
The design process took Roberts 5 days to complete, which included 35 hours of actual work. Since it was the first helmet that he has designed, he believes it took him a little longer than a subsequent helmet design will take him in the future.
In order to ensure that the helmet would fit him property, he had to do quite a bit of testing which included printing sliced parts of the model to see if they would fit his head. This allowed for a minimal amount of printing, yet a very accurate way of gauging the fit.
“I 3D scanned myself and used MeshMixer to scale the helmet up and down to fit to my head exactly,” he tells us. “I then made it a bit bigger so that there is enough room to install foam for comfort and to install LED lights to make the eyes glow.”
As far as 3D printing goes, Roberts printed the helmet out in 5 separate pieces on his Replicator 2. It took approximately 40 hours to print and used just under 1kg of filament (1 full spool). As you can see, the end product turned out quite well, and virtually anyone with an FFF-based 3D printer can download and print their very own version for free.
Roberts tells us that he has also created the same helmet to fit your typical Lego man. He will be 3D printing this next on his B9 DLP 3D printer. Stay tuned!
What do you think about this incredible Destiny ‘Mask of the Third Man’? Will you be 3D printing your own? Discuss in the 3D printed Destiny Mask forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out some more photos of Robert’s creation below.