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7. 3D Printing in artistic design – Star Guardian Janna costume

One of the many fields where the 3D design can be used is artistic design. Artistic projects involve not only the 3D modelling and 3D printing, but also other processes including design based on merging different kinds of materials, and manual works like polishing, painting gluing, etc.

This is the next step forward in this field, as the printed 3-dimensional model is not the final but intermediate step on the way to the final result. For some, it is only the beginning of the main important process and the biggest fun of creation.

A great example of this kind of activity is creating the costume of Star Guardian Janna – the character from the game League of Legends.


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The most of the costume parts you need to make from different than 3D printed materials, however the most important elements – the stars – are the perfect attributes which can be designed, printed, decorated and attached to the rest of the costume.

For this costume at least three different sizes are needed:


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The shape is always the same, so it may seem that you need only one project in three different sizes.

However, there’s a catch here. Accordingly to the ukulele example from the previous lesson, you need to remember that changing the size will influence all the dimensions of the star, also the thickness of the shell. What works for the biggest star will not necessarily work for the smallest and opposite. Therefore you need either to design the model which will be “universal” for all the sizes or change for each size. The possible changes can be made either on the object in the graphical programme or during the final printout preparation in Cura programme.

When the stars are printed, the next step is further preparation. Possible actions are:

  • – grinding and smoothing
  • – shape corrections
  • – cutting holes which can be necessary for attaching the stars to the costume
  • – priming and painting
  • – attaching to the costume


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When the operation is finished, the final result looks like this:


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