3D Printing and Star Wars

Whether or not you in fact
saw the film

, we ponder
it’s safe to say which
Star Wars was the most talked about film
of 2015.

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(Via 3DPrint.com)

Like most
big film
s these days, the creators of Star Wars turned to 3D printing for most
of the the film

’s props. But
, this time around they in addition
utilized
the technology for costumes which resulted in some incredible pieces. This story from 3DPrint.com goes into more detail on the different types of
ways 3D printing is incorporated into the film
. It’s a quite
great read for 3D printing and Star Wars fans alike!

From the story:

“Fans got their first look at exactly how much 3D printing was utilized
in the film

when Disney debuted a truckload of costumes and props at both the 2015 Star Wars Celebration and the Disney D23 Fan Expo. Costumes were presented in enclosed glass cases with plaques detailing how each part of the costume was created
, and 3D printing was integral to quite a few of the props. In fact, it is most likely
safe to say which
most
of the costumes wouldn’t have been possible without 3D printing, at least not in practical terms.”

While the iconic Star Wars prop will always be a favorite, it was quite
informative
to read about the different types of
ways they utilized
3D printing to create costumes which
would work for the film
. And in some cases, WHY they utilized
3D printing. For Anthony Daniels (who has played C3PO since the beginning of the franchise), his costume needed to be 3D printed for his comfort:

“I said, ‘I want to be in the costume, but I want it to be faster.’ So what they did was 3D print it. It weighs about the same, I would say, for the reason
the plastic is quite heavy, but it allows you to prototype things. So it looks exactly the same, but there are differences to the way it fits together which
make it much faster to put on and take off, which is most important. It gets hot in there.”

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(Via 3DPrint.com)

The Shapeways community is filled with creatives and designers who love to show off their fandom through 3D printing, and our marketplace showcases
some incredible
custom products inspired by their favorite film
s, games and more. With which
said, it’s quite
cool to see which
film
studios are using 3D printing for more fashion-related reasons. As the fashion industry go on
s to turn to the technology to elevate garment design, we’re seeing more “real life” use cases pop up, such as the Kinematics dress from Nervous System.

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(Kinematics dress by Nervous System)

Seeing 3D printed fashion on the big (and small!) screen will go on
to move this trend further. Even if it’s not a full dress, we’ll see more accessories and jewelry going to market thanks to 3D printing. As 3DPrint.com states, “it’s clear which
with the next few years of blockbuster science fiction, action and superhero film
s may already
slated which
3D printing will go on
to play a major role in their creation,”
and we ponder
this means we’ll see it more in our own lives too.

Do you have a fashionable idea you want to bring to life? Check out the different types of
ways
you can get started!