The Ultimate Arkham Origins Batman Suit is Fabricated Using 3D Printing and it’s Amazing

arkham-tundrafeaturedThere are people who dress up in costumes for Halloween, then there are others who need more than just one day a year to put on costumes and take on an entirely new persona. These people consider themselves cosplayers, taking part in costume play, oftentimes referred to as “cosplay”. Cosplay has become quite a bit of a subculture that has really taken off thanks to technological innovations such as the internet, 3D modeling, and now 3D printing.

arkham-crimson3D printing has lead to the creation of a plethora of unique costumes as well as detailed replica masks and other attire of some of our favorite movie and television characters. When it comes to cosplay, superheros are a bit of a subcategory within this growing culture. Whether it is Spiderman, Superman, Iron Man, The Hulk or Batman, there are always people who take a liking to one character or another.

In a recent collaboration between several companies, a Batman suit was created, using advanced 3D modeling and 3D printing techniques. Tundra Designs, Gauntlet FX, and Crimson Coscrafts teamed to create what may be the most incredible 3D printed Batman suit that I have ever seen. The Arkham Origins suit was first 3D modeled before being 3D printed. Then a mold was created in order to cast it for creation of the final product.

“The colours are not the standard issue Arkham Origins, as I wanted to go with the Dark Knight Skin you get at 100% completion,” explained Stevie Dee of Crimson Coscrafts. “The suit is quite comfy to wear and movement is great. I cant bend at the stomach but I didn’t expect that.”

Crimson Coscrafts did the 3D modeling work on the project, while Tundra Designs was responsible for the 3D printing and finishing, and Gauntlet FX provided the molding and casting. The team worked tremendously well on the project and the end results will surely please just about any Batman fan. Everything from the cowl, to the abs and obliques were precisely created, showing off plenty of intricate detail.

“Tundra and Gauntlet had really thought about [the abs and obliques] and provided some squares of ribbed rubber to fit the pieces together, so I set to gluing these all up with some trust urethane glue with added gorilla glue,” said Dee.

arkhamfeetFor those individuals interested in getting one of these suits made for them, they can contact Guantlet FX, or Tundra Designs directly. No prices have been announced publicly as of yet.

2015 should be a heck of year for cosplayers everywhere, with more and more design companies beginning to utilize 3D printing technology in order to completely customize their costumes. While companies will still utilize more traditional mold casting techniques in their creations, 3D printing is playing a major role in driving the growth of Cosplay. If it weren’t for the technology, creating detailed custom costume pieces would be a lot more difficult.

What do you think about this Arkham Origins Batman suit? Would you have done anything different as far as design goes? Discuss in the 3D Printed Batman Suit forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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It's All Thumbs Up For The 3D Printed Facebook Like Counter, Fliike

We cover 3D printing concepts, entrepreneurs, and companies every day that are very inspiring, but this 3D printed product takes likability to a new level in a genius, lighthearted, very socially necessary product.

We all need to know when we are being liked, right? We would all like to know right away — and what the heck, the rest of the world should know too. Rolling onto the scene with a style that’s a little bit retro and a little bit high-tech, Fliike deserves a big social media thumbs up as they gift us with the ability to watch the Facebook likes roll in — raising our self-esteem with each click.

Fliike, the Facebook likes counter

The masterminds at Smiirl, a French startup, have teamed up with Sculpteo to bring Fliike to the world, in the form of a 3D printed counter that literally sits on your counter as well — or your desk, or shop window. It’s the perfect marketing tool for grabbing attention, as well as a sure way to make more ‘friends.’

“While big brands can afford huge advertising campaigns to get more likes, local businesses can’t. The Fliike instantly displays Facebook page metrics, via a flip-board type display. Therefore, it’s totally possible to create entirely fliike-packnew kinds of communication operations,” said Romain, co-founder of Smiirl.

Smiirl’s design department already had 3D printing in mind for the manufacturing of Fliike, and zeroed in on Sculpteo for 3D printing the prototype with their polyamide material, which was a perfect match for the device.

“3D printing those pieces enabled us to test them out, and refine them as best as possible; thus, when we ordered our plastic molding, we were entirely sure about the product we’d get,” said Romain regarding using the material from Sculpteo, as well as their services.

“Sculpteo’s services, and their quick delivery time helped us validate all the details about our product. A startup such as ours can then quickly launch their product. This way, we initiated production in record time.”

10650043_355353941296988_67321455299120728_nThe polyamide material also lends itself to polishing and dyeing in 11 different colors. It can also be left up to the consumer to polish or color it themselves with varnish or paint, easily.

While the folks at Facebook are probably clapping their hands together in glee, I imagine many shopowners are getting ready to hit the “order” button for one of these right now. This is not only an informational tool, but it puts exponential marketability into the Facebook venue.

With your digital community clocking in right in your window, your popularity is advertised, and everyone will want to friend you. I know some marketing gurus who will be very excited about this product. If there were a want button, we’d be clicking away. Is this something you’d like to order for your business or home? Do you think this will be a good marketing tool? Tell us about it in the Facebook Fliike forum at 3DPB.com.

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Autodesk Has Just Launched The First Ever 3D Printing Investment Fund – And It's Set To Be Worth …

The 3D printing industry is set for some major innovation now Autodesk, Inc. has launched the world’s first investment fund for the industry.

With plans to invest up to $100 million into entrepreneurs, startups and researchers pushing the acceleration of the new technology over the next several years, Autodesk hopes the fund will unlock 3D printing’s potential.

Samir Hanna, Autodesk’s vice president and general manager of Consumer Products and 3D Printing, said “the days of taking a closed, top-down approach to innovating for additive manufacturing are behind us”.

“Numerous industries recognise the value of tapping into entrepreneurs or startups with better ideas and approaches, and 3D printing is no exception.”

Companies and individuals in the 3D printing industry with big ideas and developing software will have to apply to become apart of the The Spark Investment Fund portfolio. If successful, not only will they receive funding but they will also become part of the Spark partner program and have access to marketing and other developer services.

In 2012, Business Insider US listed Autodesk as one of the hottest investment ideas on Wall Street due to its high foreign sales exposure. Two years on, Citi is saying the company’s 4D technology is set to utterly transform the world – watch this space.

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iPhone 6 is on it's Way Next Week And so Are 3D Printed Personalized Cases

dar-3If you are anything like me, then you can’t wait to see just what Apple will be announcing next Tuesday. We’re certain it will be the next version of the company’s smartphone, the iPhone 6, but just what features will it have, and will any other groundbreaking products be unveiled as well? We’ll have to wait and see.

Over the past year we have seen numerous 3D printed smartphone cases, both for the Apple’s iPhone as well as various Android devices. In fact, even MakerBot got in on the trend, teaming with a company called Fraemes a couple weeks back to enter the market for customized 3D printable iPhone cases.

Today, we got a bit of news from a relatively new company, Darby Smart, a San Fransisco based maker marketplace where consumers can launch, discover and buy DIY projects and pre-tested craft supplies. The company has announced that they are now making available, customizable 3D printed products at affordable prices via their web interface.

“Darby Smart scours the Internet for unique projects and packages them up for consumers in a collection of kits. All Darby Smart projects are super easy and accessible, no matter what a person’s DIY skill level. Projects are pre-packaged with everything you need – and in various categories, e.g., home décor, fashion, food, kids and holiday,” stated Kristin A. Martell from K21 Communications, a PR firm representing the company.

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The new 3D printing section strays just a bit from the rest of the marketplace, as the products offered within the new 3D printing section are created on the site, rather than at home. For now, the company has made available, their customizable 3D printed bracelets where users can change the font, lettering, and color of the bracelets before having them printed and shipped to their doorsteps. Darby Smart, however, will be one of the first to offer iPhone 6 cases. On the day that dar-1Apple announces the iPhone(s), September 9, Darby Smart will begin offering cases for the highly anticipated device, fully customizable within their 3D editing platform. Once users customize their cases by choosing the color, symbols, letters and words they wish to include, they can pay just $9 and have their case shipped to them within about a week.

It’s a given that when next week comes around we will begin seeing other companies, as well as designers, begin offering models and physical 3D prints for a variety of different cases for the new iPhone. Darby Smart hopes to be a bit ahead of them all.

Let us know if you decide to create a 3D printed iPhone 6 case at Darby Smart, and be sure to post pictures in the 3D printed iPhone case forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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