Cosplay 3DPrint and Pipboy 3000 Rock on

Lately we have been getting a few Cosplay 3dprint enquiries in for props and armour for character costumes. This is quite a new area for us but we feel that we can offer a really excellent service at a great price.

For example a full set of Cosplay 3dprint parts of the Pipboy3000 is a project we took on recently and managed to get the price down as low as £50. This is a nice clean print with all the build structure taken off. Our customer was most pleased with the result too.

As far as modelmaking for your own Cosplay 3dprint and prototype costume it seems like a fantastic way to get shapes that would otherwise be hard to make by traditional methods. The added benefit of Cosplay 3dprint is that you get your parts to play with right away. Cosplay 3dprints can be sanded, painted, and weathered all very easily which can make you and your costume stand out from the crowd.

Aerodynamic applications in 3d printing

Aerodynamic applications in 3d printing

Wind tunnel and aerodynamic applications 3d printing

There are no other applications as glamorous as aerodynamic and wind tunnel applications in the world of 3d printing.

Formula 1 teams have been using 3d printing technologies for many years now. They mainly use Stereolithography for the wind tunnel parts which need to have a smooth surface. They also need to be rigid so the parts will not flex when being subject to great forces. The teams will go through many iterations of a single part and cad designers will be adjusting pitch on aerofoils by as little as 1 degree at a time.

This is understandable considering the high stakes involved in such a cutting edge motor sport. With the further development of ‘Back to the Future’ style hoverboards it will be very interesting to see if the sport adopts or develops into the futuristic vision that we all see for F1. That being the hover style racing of the famous classic by Designers Republic and Psygnosis……yes I am talking of the Playstation game Wipeout. If you have never played it I would strongly advise you have a go, then again why don’t you go the whole hog and fork out a few hundred pounds for a track day session in a Formula 3 car?

FDM technology has it’s own place in the aerodynamic application 3d printing. The material (mainly ABS) is stronger than SLA so if the parts are accidentally dropped or knocked then it is more likely to withstand it where as SLA on the other hand can be quite brittle. Another great advantage of FDM for wind tunnel parts is the fact that they can be made with a honeycomb infill and this is really the holy grail for many engineering parts in aerodynamics. For the structure to be light weight and strong is the two main attributes for any part in this field.



Small batch production

Create Small Batch Production supply chains

Minimise transport costs by using uk suppliers

When it comes to manufacturing the far east has dominated and to some extent still does. But things are changing for the better. No longer will small manufacturers into research and development need to source their components from china and Taiwan etc. parts can now be bought at much less cost from uk 3d printing firms such as magicmodel who are specialising in producing and manufacturing small batches of hard plastic parts. Accuracy is never going to match that of a precision CNC or injection moulded part but it is a great accessible solution for proof of concept. At magicmodel we encourage our customers to try one before committing to a small batch of say 50-100. This way our customer is able to test their design with very little to no collateral damage.


Check out our instagram page for some great small batch run projects, especially SMOOGA


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