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3D-printed ‘Sovereign Armor’ is the most amazing cosplay creation ever – Digital Trends

by • July 27, 2016 • No Comments

Sometimes you see a 3D-printed item so jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring that it reminds you all over again of only how stunning an invention additive building is.
That perfectly describes our reaction to the mind-blowing 3D-printed art that is Lumecluster fantasy createer Melissa Ng’s “Sovereign Armor.” Having previously dazzled with her 3D-printed Regalia Armor, Ng told Digital Trends that she wanted to take on an actually additional ambitious project: one that featured 91 separate 3D-printed pieces and included embedded LED lights to manufacture it appear like the wearer of the armor is literally glowing.
“I was quite intrigued by the heated debates between fantasy lovers and historical armor enthusiasts,” she says. In particular, Ng was interested in challenging the thought of what female armor “should” appear like. “I wanted to throw my interpretation into the mix to assist show that women can appear sturdy, powerful, ethereal [and] attractive without always just defaulting to the bikini ‘armor,’” she said.
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The work took over 500 hours to create, that does not include the time spent doing the actual 3D printing. Hours were racked up consulting with historical armor tremendous Ian LaSpina (Knyght Errant), testing new flexible 3D-printing materials and finishing methods, and building certain equitething fitted perfectly — for the reason when you are creating an item as customized and time-consuming as this it’s not as straightforward as returning it to the keep if it does not fit perfectly at the end.
Meacertainments for the armor were taken manually and and so entered into customizable figure program Design Doll, created with Blender, preceding the resulting 3D version was sent off to 3D-printing service Shapeways to painstakingly print every piece via an elasto plastic. A lengthy post-production system followed, involving hand-painting the individual pieces.
“The largest hurdle was researching medieval armor and giving myself a crash course on armor functionality,” Ng says. “Keep in mind I was in addition designing equitething in a digital space so I didn’t have anything physically in front of me to check if what I was designing may seamlessly work together or not. This was in addition a one-shot 3D print. No reprints.”
Fortunately things couldn’t have turned out any advantageous. And as for what’s up Ng’s 3D-printed sleeve future? “I’ve been playing with a few thoughts for a fewthing additional impact resistant,” she says. “You’ll only have to wait and see.”


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