Use SOLIDWORKS and Stratasys 3D Printers to make all of your hard to find Halloween costume props a reality.
Have you ever thought of a prop that would go great with your Halloween costume, only to find that the ones in stores are either terrible looking or don’t exist? Our solution at CADD Edge is to design your own using SOLIDWORKS and print it out with a Stratasys Mojo FDM Printer.
Earlier this month, SOLIDWORKS Application Engineer John Hall and I were joking about what we were going to be dressing up as for Halloween, and the conversation was dominated by how bad most Halloween props online and in stores look. This, of course, lead to the possibility of printing something that would look better than what we’ve seen in stores, which naturally turned into a massive web search for .STL files of different costume props.
After coming to the conclusion that the most interesting prop we could print would be a cartoonish ray gun, John and I were unable to find a single one that would be worthy of a quality Marvin the Martian costume. Even though this was a little surprising, we were not deterred one bit.
Using SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD, John quickly drafted up the base ray gun design while I chimed in occasionally with features for him to add. A lightning bolt here, a fin there, and soon we had a completed concept. The final ray gun design looked great on paper, but it remained filed away under “fun things to print” until this week when I was suddenly given an opportunity to print it.
To start, I sliced the ray gun model into three parts to maximize the build tray of the Mojo printer, scaled it down to the proper size, and printed it out piece by piece. The parts spent four hours in the wash tank where Sodium Hydroxide was heated and agitated to remove all support. Though they were printed at seven thousandths of an inch layer height, I used 150 and 320 grit sandpaper to reduced visible layer lines. After assembling the parts using a two-part epoxy, I sanded each seam so that the epoxy was flush with the surface of the ray gun.
Two coats of white primer paint were applied to the model, followed by a coat of satin finish aqua blue. All details were hand painted using a variety of hobby paints, and the model was sealed with a glossy clearcoat finish. Even though neither one of us will be using it this Halloween, everyone in the office agrees that the final product would make Flash Gordon proud.
The Mojo 3D Printer offers you an ideal first step into the world of professional 3D printing. It’s affordable, easy to use and fits right on your desktop. Reinvent the way you create and design.
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