If ever there was a tool custom made for cosplaying it would be a 3D printer. Even if you’re not the most artistic person in the world, there are multiple options of design programs available that virtually anyone can use to create cosplay props and costume parts, all on a machine that has become astonishingly affordable in the last few years. Granted, 3D printed parts still require an investment of time in terms of constructing larger parts and painting them to match your costume, but most cosplayers are already used to spending an inordinate amount of time on their hobby anyway. Even with finishing and painting time included, most 3D printed props are still easier and faster to make than using traditional methods. 3D printing and cosplay really is a match made in whatever the afterlife in World of Warcraft is called.
Finnish gamer and Thingiverse user Ceravyn has been experimenting with some PETG filament that she had purchased on a whim. Upon noticing that the material had a translucent finish she decided to incorporate that quality into a new cosplay project. As a casual World of Warcraft player, Ceravyn (or Sara) decided to design and print the Warhammer of Blackhand the Destroyer, an Orc warlord who plays a significant role in several of the Warcraft game expansions, story lines and novels. In the game, Blackhand’s hammer glows with a fiery magical energy, so Sara designed a version of the warhammer to contain LED lights with the transparent PETG windows in the hammer to show them off.
Sara had previously only worked with PETG briefly, so building a model using the material was quite new to her. However she had created cosplay props before and comfortably found herself designing the hammer in SolidWorks entirely from memory. While she sheepishly admits not actually double checking her design with reference pictures, it turns out that her memory was pretty good and the warhammer should be almost instantly recognizable to most WoW players. Read More →