Cosplay and 3D printing appears like couple who are literally made for each other. Cosplay has been a prominent hobby since decades, but in the last few years it has gained in popularity and became downright fashionable. And it is probably a coincident that desktop 3D printing has emerged from the make space and head into the mainstream at the same time. There has always been a group of professional prop makers and costumers working with closely cosplayers, but from the moment that they met 3D printing it seem like a match made. Modern 3D design and 3D printing technology is making cosplay more accessible than ever before, and giving designers and artists the opportunity to turn their passion into a profession.
Now for designer Lloyd Roberts is able to design and build costumes from his favorite video games is like his dream materialized.
When Roberts launched Forg3d Props, his goal was clear. He wanted to bring the props and costumes of cosplayers’ dreams to life from the design process to the final painting and finishing. He wanted to be very accurate and help his clients bring life to characters that existed in movies ,video games, animation or comics into the real world. He has also designed his own props that he has made available to anyone in his online store, either as an unfinished kit or fully assembled and painted.
Roberts stated that it has always been his dream to start his own business and he’s very passionate about making things with 3D design and 3D printing. He said he would love to build an arsenal of weapons and props for people to give them what is untouchable in a game or a movie they love. Roberts ssaid that they are a company who bring anyone’s request to life with 3D Design and Printing.
Forg3d as a company had its official debut in October, 2015 at the MCM London Comic Con where Roberts showed off three of his fantastic costumes and prop designs.
The first costume was worn by him and it was a show stopping mech and bone suit of armor inspired by the Willbreaker raid gear from Destiny, a popular video game. His decision to attend the convention was relatively last minute, so he managed to fully design, print and paint his armor in a little under a month, and he could barely made it. But the final product was awesome and speaks for itself in both quality and of course creativity.
Roberts also designed a prop Hammer of Sol weapon from Destiny to carry with his suit of armor. In the game the Hammer of Sol is a character’s super ability, and when the payer orders it he can, well, smash things good.
In addition to building his own set of armor, Roberts was also busy at work helping to design unconvincing 3D printed custom parts for some Elise from League of Legends cosplay. The frightening spider leg looking neck piece was printed in several parts and then glued together and painted, and it holds the costume together brilliantly.
The third costume that Roberts worked on for MCM London was the skeletal armor chest piece and coronet of the ghostly King of the Dead from Lord of the Rings. Cosplayer Alexandra Skarsgard often designs her own costumes, but she preferred to take some help from Roberts in designing and 3D printing parts of it. The best part of cosplay is the fact that anyone can get literally transformed into anything they desire.