When you think of 3D printing, you’ve probably seen one of those viral Facebook videos where someone created a dental care breakthrough or some type of industrial experiment. But there’s more to 3D printing than practical use. It’s a creative function that can be applied to everything-even your next Halloween costume.
Halloween is just around the corner, and with the spooky holiday comes the need for everything from frightening decorations to awe-inspiring cosplay. Like most people, you’re probably planning to buy your Halloween items from the same places again this year — drug stores, Amazon, or local Halloween-themed shops. But with 3D printing, you can set yourself apart from the pack with custom made décor and disguises that will impress even the most avid Halloween lovers. Before you head out to pick up new seasonal merchandise, explore the thousands of options available.
Some of the scariest Halloween decorations are wall mounts, which inject your home with a Halloween spirit as spooky or as funny as you desire. Some people love to turn their homes into real haunted houses with intricately plotted spiderwebs, eerily detailed bones and skulls, and cyclops eyes. When you have your wall mounts 3D printed, you can have them tailor made to fit your Halloween theme. Whether you want a massive spiderweb or a subtle skull, you can work with Halo Technologies to create exactly what you have in mind. You can match a specific paint color or aesthetic, and you no longer have to settle for the store bought designs that are boring and one size fits all.
If you’re hoping to create Halloween-themed knick knacks for various uses throughout your household, consider custom coasters. You can design these to fit your glasses exactly, and you can create a range of designs from spiderwebs to pumpkins. At Halo Technologies, we can take a simple drawing and turn it into a 3d print!
Also, instead of suffering through the smelly mess of pumpkin carving, choose the path less traveled with a 3D printed jack-o-lantern. In just two easy, separate pieces, you can have a custom made jack-o-lantern showcasing any shape you desire without all the pumpkin goop. And better yet, you can safely place a candle inside without fear of warping or melting.
The other in-demand Halloween item is the costume, a fun cultural statement that evokes individuality. For those Halloween fans hoping to pull off a truly original look this October, 3D printing opens up a world of possibility with custom made masks and accessories.
Dracula has been a popular costume choice for ages. The signature black cape, white shirt, and blood-stained lips are always easy to recreate, but most Draculas have to settle for flimsy, plastic fangs. With 3D printing, skip the cheap fangs and craft wearable vampire teeth custom fit to your mouth. Work with Halo to determine the best material so your fangs look authentic and creepy but still feel comfortable to wear. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse the teeth before wearing them.
Wolverine claws can also be printed using the 3D method. Print your claws yourself, or partner with us to pull your Wolverine look together in time for the big night. Recreate Hugh Jackman’s adamantium claws with a realistic touch that’ll bring your X-Men look to life in true fashion.
Additionally, masks take on a more defined quality through the 3D printing process. Thanks to a series of blockbuster movies, the Iron Man outfit has become one of the most in-demand costumes on the market, but store-bought versions tend to look cheap and fall flat. With the help of Halo, you can create a movie-quality Iron Man mask custom tailored to you. Unlike the store versions, this mask will have a level of thickness and definition that’ll evoke the movie’s authenticity.
You can also effectively recreate the creepy, metallic mask of Doctor Doom as well as a Mr. Potato Head mask with interchangeable face parts. For the latter, you can work with the printing team to specially design the face parts or work your existing pieces into the look.
There are other superhero masks which can be fully realized and created using 3D printing including Spiderman and Batman. For the Spiderman mask, a strong yet flexible filament can be used to create the shell of the mask. The mask then gets sanded down before the symbolic red spandex face is pulled over it. Then, the eye frames are printed in four separate parts, and once they’re all put together, you’ll be a dead ringer for Spiderman himself.
The Batman mask leans on a similar level of detail but results in an equally realistic and awe-inspiring creation. After being printed in separate parts and assembled to create the final mask, it’s primed and painted to bring the Dark Knight to life. Once it’s finished, the mask will look like an official prop from the movie set.
If your objective is to frighten, you can use 3D printing to recreate the masks of Hollywood’s most violent villains like Jason. His signature hockey mask is printed out in four multi-colored parts and painted to resemble the damaged, chalky white of the Friday the 13th killer.
And for those Game of Thrones fans, 3D printing is the perfect way to create an authentic Wildling skull. This skull is printed in two separate pieces, assembled, and then primed and painted to achieve the same look as the mask from the hit HBO series.
But don’t feel limited to just superhero cosplay or horror movie villain masks because 3D printing helps create any type of costume or product you have in mind. Other ideas for Halloween printing fun include pumpkin candy buckets, the 666 P.O. Box of the Beast numbers, skull lamps, skull lanterns, and Star Wars-inspired props.
While 3D printing has a range of purposes that can help ease the struggles of everyday life and facilitate industrial breakthroughs, it can also serve as a fun way to make this Halloween one you’ll never forget.