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How to use technology to build awesome cosplays
Above: Brian Chan putting together his Iron Man cosplay.
The future is here, and you can see it in the halls of Anime Boston. At “High Tech Cosplay,” panelists shared techniques for treating costumes like serious engineering projects.
“All cosplay is an exercise in engineering,” said panelist Brian Chan. “Even when you’re sewing you’re asking, ‘will this fit?’ ‘can I move in it?’ Those are all engineering requirements.”
Chan detailed the construction process of his hyper-realistic Iron Man cosplay, complete with LED lights and segmented armor detailing. But Chan said he couldn’t have done it alone. Here are some of the resources Chan recommended for building high-tech cosplays:
- 3D Printing. “If you have small, detailed costume components, 3D printing is a great option because you pay by the amount of material used. You don’t have to buy a pricey 3D printer, either. If you’re in the Boston area, Chan recommended the Makerbot Retail Store; otherwise, you can send in your 3D designs to Shapeways.
- Computer Aided Design (CAD). In order to make highly detailed technical drawings far beyond the capability of a pencil and paper, you can use a CAD program. Chan recommended the free service Wings 3D. If you’re willing to pay for higher quality, he suggested Rhino 3D.
- Worbla. Have you ever wondered how star cosplayers get their armor to fit perfectly? It’s possible that, like Chan, they molded it with Worbla, a thermoplastic that becomes the consistency of a fruit roll-up when heated. Most of Chan’s Iron Man suit was molded out of pieces of Worbla, but it’s perfectly solid now.
- MIT Hobby Shop. This is where Chan works as a craftsman. If you’re local to Boston, you can get a membership to the MIT Hobby Shop, use their tools and resources, and learn about computer-assisted machinery for high tech projects.
- YouTube. However, if you’re not in Boston, there’s nothing more high-tech than the ability to learn new skills from the comfort of your home. Chan recommended James Bruton, a craftsperson in the UK, who builds Iron Man suits and records the process step by step.
—Lauren Orsini, AB Staff Blogger
Anime Boston is exactly one month away from right now and since I finished all costumes early(maybe except the red velvet, if I get enough money Ill make the skull prop as well) that I should post them for everyone to look for me.I do realize the pictures are lightly sucky but I took it with my phone since I have no good photos of either of them yet.I cant wait to see everyone attending this year! Cosplay selfies with EVERYBODY.I made the caged back by this tutorial. I made this whole thing with 8$ in my pocket. 97c thick paper, 4$ spray paint and 2$ hinges with an old belt + tax. The layer over it is actually an old torn then burned shirt.I use a binder bought on amazon for 12$ + free shipping here
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This is on of my absolute favorite tutorials, and I can’t believe I haven’t posted this yet… I’ve used this method hundreds of times (okay, maybe 3-4), but it works flawlessly every time.
This method creates beautiful armor pieces on the cheap, but they still look amazing. This is one of those cosplay-life-changers!
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Happy snow day! Or “Anime Boston is coming! I should probably start working on cosplay” day. Check out this awesome tutorial for simple and light armor that looks great in person. What is everybody gonna work on today?
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About a week ago, I got three yards of fabric in the wrong shade of blue along with more gold satin than anyone could ever use. Instead of trying to return it, I improvised, and made this little dress inspired by Captain Marvel’s gorgeous new uniform.
The costume in this story itself being Marvel aside, this is a good story to keep in mind when constructing cosplay and sewing a project. If you get the wrong fabric or something, the wrong color or texture, or if it doesn’t come together right…don’t think of it as a mistake. Think of it as a happy accident that can turn the project into something else unexpected.
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Because we know this is crunch time (AHHH!!!) for many of you cosplayers working on things, and we know you have interest in advice/tips about cosplay sewing/crafting, we wanted to reach out to you guys, the cosplay community!
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