3D Printing Turned Life-Sized?!

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to check me out! First of all let me introduce myself! I am Mj, a non binary student here, at Marywood University. This is my first year, but second semester. I am a very nerdy sculptor! In the future I will definitely be writing about my own sculptures and some stuff that I hope to create! Once again, thank you for taking the time to come and read my post! I want to let you all know that when I say the phrase “nerd”, I don’t mean it in a negative connotation. I call myself a nerd with love, not in the way a bully might use. I hope you guys enjoy and let me know what your favorite Superhero is down below! Now lets get started šŸ™‚

As I’m sure every person around my age does, I was scrolling through TikTok for hours on end when I found an awesomely nerdy creator. This account was called Frankly Built. This guy made an Iron Man suit strictly from a 3D printer. I then fell into a sort of “worm hole” of nerdy awesomeness. He’s made things from the Samus helmet from Metroid Dread to Keyblades from Kingdom Hearts. Keep in mind, they’re life-size. The Keyblades are about 4ft-5ft long and the helmet fits his head. He has a YouTube channel and a TikTok teaching viewers about 3D printing and making really cool cosplay pieces.

I find it really fascinating that in today’s day and age you don’t even need to know anything about 3D formatting or coding in order to make a functioning Iron Man mask. Like Frank says in a few of his videos, if you want to make something, chances are, someone already has. This means that there’s a chance that the “blueprints” for the object are already floating around the internet. The coolest thing about the 3D printing community is that most people post their blueprints to a forum that connects to other 3D printers. This means you can make anything that you’ve seen on Frankly Built! The easiest starter 3D printer is about $180 which isn’t too bad for the amounts of things you can make. A roll of filament can go from $10-$25. I think for any of my fellow nerds out there, this is a great place to start.

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