Why should you dress up as Star Lord this year for Halloween? Well for one, just like everyone else you loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and for another he’s not a giant tree so the costume is going to be easier to make. If you have a 3D printer of course!
When I stumbled on product designer Kirby Downey’s 3D Printed Star Lord Element Guns on Reddit I was blown away by the detail. I was certain that they were made from existing 3D models or official files but after a quick email it turns out that was not the case. Amazingly the gun only took about an hour to design in Solidworks and another half hour to cut it up into pieces for 3D printing.
You can download the files on My Mini Factory and 3D print your own, or you can have them printed for you for about $150 bucks. Downey used an Ultimaker 2 for his test prints set to 0.2mm resolution, with infill set to 15% to allow for a good bridge on the top surfaces. The element guns were printed in Thermochrome EcoPLA filament – Grey and it takes about 15 hours to print each one.
When he broke the model up into smaller parts for printing he included slot joints so they would fit together perfectly. Once he cleaned off the support material he simply glued the pieces together with superglue.
Here’s a great video of his design process from start to finish:
You can find more of Downey’s designs on his My Mini Factory page, and many of his props and models will be on display at the MCM London Comic Con at the iMakr and My Mini Factory booths on October 24th-26th 2014.
And if you really do want to dress up as Star Lord, My Mini Factory has you covered with this fantastic Star Lord Face Mask from creator Soulorigin89, and don’t forget the Star Lord Rocket Boosters also designed by Kirby Downey!