There are Batman fans. And then there is Stevie Dee, who commissioned the production of the Batman suit from Batman: Arkham Origins to bring it into reality. The cosplayer, who runs Crimson Coscrafts, turned to Tundra Designs and Gauntlet FX to have this gripping costume transformed from the virtual to the physical, with the help of 3D printing.
Modeled by Stevie Dee, the costume was then 3D printed by Tundra Designs. Gauntlet FX then used the print in order to create a mold, from which to cast the final parts for the Dark Knight’s iconic suit in urethane rubber. According to Gauntlet, Dee opted for a darker version of the suit, instead of the game’s original lighter grey.
3D printing has yielded enough awesome fantasy costumes that we’ve had to give cosplay its own category on 3DPI. Due to the ability to craft realistic props with ease, relative to other construction techniques, 3D printing has opened up a whole new method for making costumes. While Dee hired other professionals to do some of the dirty work for him, James Bruton, in the UK, has 3D printed his very own Iron Man and xenomorph costumes. They are so elaborate as to make any cosplayer green with envy.