What a cosplayer can do with a 3D printer
With a 3D printer, your work as a Cosplay designer is a tad easier. There are multiple options of 3D printers on the market that can print high-quality props and costumes in record time. You don’t have to be an expert to print great cosplay models. You can always start with whatever is on the internet then build up gradually to become a creative pro.
You can make a couple of cool things with a 3D printer like armors and props. You can even print superhero costumes like superman, spiderman, and the avengers. As for props you can go as far as printing a working gun or even a shakuhachi flute.
Features to consider before you buy a 3D printer for architects
These are the features any 3D printer should have to bring out the best Cosplay props and costumes.
There are overall nine printing styles and the Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is the most common style. Nearly all the printers on our product list utilize his printing style. It creates objects by heating filament which is made from various materials. When heated, the filament forms a paste that is then deposited on a line to create a layer and then many more, until a product is formed.
Materials you’ll need to print
This is a very crucial aspect to consider. For diversity, go for a printer that can print objects with different types of filaments. It should be able to work with the standard filament types like PLA, ABS, and other decorative ones like ceramics wood and metal.
There will come a time when your costumes will need a glowing feature or metallic elements on their finish and you will have to pick a filament that can print them out, hence the need for a versatile printer that can work with multiple filaments.
The Creality CR-10S 3D Printer is a prime option if you want great versatility in your work. It can work with plenty of different filaments that will add great variety to your creations.
You have to take note of the scale of printing you will be doing so you can choose an appropriate build volume when buying a 3D printer. If you intend to print bigger props and costumes, then you have to get a printer with a large build space or volume like the Creality Ender 5 Pro 3D Printer.
If on the other hand, you will be printing small weapons like hammers, arrows, and swords then you can go for a small build volume then multiple pieces and weld them together later. Though if you can afford a printer with a large build volume you can save on time and energy.
The printing speed of the printer determines how much time you will be spending on making your models. For a very fast printing experience, you can go for a printer with a 200m/s speed or more. However, it is claimed that a fast speed doesn’t print fine detailed models. The best average printing speed is 100m/s and it guarantees high-quality prints. The ANYCUBIC Chiron Semi-auto Leveling 3D Printer is a prime example of a printer with a great printing speed.
There are multiple 3D printing software tools out there with varying price tags and user interfaces. Most easy-to-use models are aimed at beginners and they are usually free. Just be sure to get a software that uses solid modeling so you can achieve manifold or watertight models which are 3D printable.
Most software, whether meant for professionals or amateurs usually have a free trial period and they come with free video tutorials to help you wrap your head around their functionality.
3D printing is a pretty complex process that requires some skills. Getting an easy-to-use printer will save you some hassle especially if you are a beginner. There is an initial learning curve that you have to experience before you get down to business. For instance, you have to learn how the printing software works and how to get the printer’s settings like adjusting print speed and temperature right.
Another thing you should consider is how easy it is to assemble the printer as well as install the printing software. You can opt for a preassembled model like the ANYCUBIC Chiron Semi-auto Leveling 3D Printer. It would only require you to feed the filaments and level the bed then you’re good to get started.
Just like any other machine, your 3D printer can encounter problems in its functionality and a warranty would come in handy. Go for a printer that is backed by a generous warranty so that you can easily return it to the manufacturer in case of an issue saving you on repair costs. It is also a good indicator of great product quality.
3D printers have varying prices depending on their build quality, brand, and the kind of features they have. The average 3D printer costs around 700 dollars while a low-budget one fit for a beginner goes for about 200 dollars. If you are looking for a more professional 3D printer, you will have to dig deeper into your pockets as you can possibly part with several thousand dollars.
As a hobbyist, any printer under 1000 dollars fits the bill.