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    Helenako Chan - - Construction Discussion

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    Right there you go 45634992534_900aa4d29a_o.jpg I've attached the file in a zip to this post, so you should? be able to download it I've tried to make it close to the character as I could in this short time. Its got a mirror and sub div modifier on it, you can adjust it with them on, but if you want to do serious remodeling I'd drop them and just work on the basic polygons. In case of total rework I'd delete the back polys too and just work on the shell and then apply a solidify modifier when it…

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    I noticed the scaling issues. If you want to 3d print a model from Blender what you HAVE to do is change the scene units to Millimeters and then you can build to scale. When you export it to STL and load into a slicer it one blender unit will become one Millimeter and all will be good. I've re scaled the model so it's approx 27cm tall. I'll convert it into a half mask and see if I can't get it to look a bit more like the character and try and upload it somewhere you can get at it

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    Downloaded, oh... Its not very nice. I don't think it would actually print, its not manifold. That plus the geometry is nasty (IMHO), polygons have to flow and you have to try and keep to quads. ON thingverse there were no pics of a printed model and no builds, that usually a sign nobody, even the creator, has actually printed it. Anyway I had a play with it, removed all the Booleans and other modifiers and got down the base mesh and worked on it from there. Then mirrored and sub-dived it It did…

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    If a polygon has smooth shading enabled then Blender will try and make the flat polygons look rounded. It does this with algorithms such as Phong or Gouraud which average the normal across the polygon and calculate the light based on that instead of calculating the light off a normal from the polygons surface. Light is promotional to the cosine of the angle between the normal and the light source. The problem with this is they won't come out like that when 3d printed and you'll get a very angula…

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    I found universal clear glue like Bostik or UHU to worked well for sticking paper eyes to a mask, but I don't know if they are available or what the alternatives are in the US. As for not getting brush marks or streaks, spraying (either via a aerosol spray-can, airbrush or spray-gun) is the only way to go IMHO

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    If you boot covers have a seam down the back it should be possible to take them in a bit. Pin the back until it fits snugly, then take them off and turn them inside out and sew a line of stitches on the pin line (maybe a little outside it, its best not go too far though) off the back seam, then turn them the right way again and see if they fit. If its all OK then you can remove the excess material. This sort of adjustment isn't hard, but really needs a sewing machine and a little sewing experien…

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    I've learn't from bitter experience not to drop 3d printed PLA props onto hard surfaces. Sanding it is also hard, not impossible, but hard, good quality sand paper helps, as does getting a bit angry with it. Unfortunately powered tools like dremels with a sanding drum get the PLA too hot and it turns to mush, so its back to hand sanding. Additional materials and fillers do help though. Gluing PLA isn't straight forward, certain brands (but not all) of Cyano do work, but an accelerator is recomme…

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    1) Printing a mask that needs no post cleanup or sanding If there was I want one, I've sanded models until my fingers literally bled. SLA printers can print very detailed models with very fine lines, but they are messy, the materials are expensive and toxic and they have tiny beds, far too small for a kig mask. FDM printers can print bigger and the materials are cheaper and easier to work with, but they leave layer lines, even if they are printing at 0.05mm (that's the lowest most cheap ones can…

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    I’m old, really old, possibly as old or older than your parents, and haven’t been kigging long so I probably should be ignored. But I have to point out doing Kigurumi Cosplay is considered by many as more than a bit weird and it’s also rather expensive. Realistically I think you should wait until you have a place of your own and have a job that covers your bills and leaves you with a bit extra at the end of the month to indulge yourself with. That may take a while though, sorry.As for the mask, …

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    I'm another glasses wearer. I 3d printed my first mask (see avatar) with only just room to get my glasses on underneath. But then I put foam and padding inside and they no longer fit But even if they did the visibility through the little slits in the eyelash is terrible. Also when I was designing it I thought I wanted it as close to my face as possible to not look "Odd"... Until I wore it and realised I need some space for my breath to escape to stop it being to stuffy. Plan for MKII is for open…

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    I've put the STL files on Thingiverse, if anyone wants them they can be downloaded for free from thingiverse.com/thing:3093703

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    The maid uniform (the one on the left) is another of my DIY creations I'm afraid. Most of the cute maid outfits I found on line where in very small Asian sizes and I'm an enormous northern European, so I made (maid) my own. It's actually quite simple (I'm only a novice at sewing), the black dress is made from Scuba (with is a medium weight stretch Jersey material, not neoprene), the top is a basic bodice pattern with a princes seam, the skirt section is a simple circle skirt and the sleeves shor…

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    Had a photoshoot, that was hard work, what with the limited vision and too much heat and having to pose, work the remote, not walk into things etc as well. Respect to anyone who kig’s for hours on end. 30705862268_9d47b82c05_h.jpg Some conclusions, the hair is very unruly, I need to get some more serious styling stuff, or perhaps just glue to keep it in place. Also my zentai isn’t very good, it's way to thin and pale. Any recommendations for vendors? I think I’d like one with “Valley” processing…

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    Art is never finished, only abandoned…. So I’m going to call it done. Actually I don’t think its too bad for a first go, especially as I’ve never worn or even seen one of these masks close up before. 42739984690_35328d1a08_b.jpg Eyes are on, padding is in, hair is on and styled as best I could (wig styling is not my forte), I can wear it, but barely see out and it’s a bit warm. I'm thinking about doing a MKII, with open eye sockets so I can back mount the eyes (and make the eyes and brows out of…

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    Some more WIP After about 5 or 6 iterations and lots of test prints I got the eyes to a state where they look OK. I printed them on thick matt paper and glued them on the mask with UHU glue. I tried a few different glues on previous versions of the eyes on test 3d prints and the UHU worked best, they feel quite secure, but I doubt they are the slightest bit waterproof, not rain or swimming pools for me (actually it will probably never leave my flat anyway). I went around the vision ports on the …

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    I’ve been to MCM expo in London as a day visitor in Cosplay many times, you don’t have to display the wristband at all times. Basically it works like this, if you’ve bought a ticket in advance (don’t whatever you do try to pay on the day, the queues are nightmarish) you queue to get it scanned and then they’ll give you your wristband and help you put it on there and then. They are paper with a self-adhesive strip and are actually quite strong, you need scissors to get out of them. After you’ve g…

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    I don’t know of any celeb’s that Kig, but a few have been known to don disguises out in public. For example, Daniel Radcliffe went to San Diego Comic Con a few years back incognito in a spider man costume, he hung out, got photographed and generally had fun and no one had a clue, they just though he was an ordinary cosplayer. A spider man costume... that’s an all in one zentai with a face shell, you know, that’s not actually far off kig….

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    Thank you for the advice, I going to leave the eyes as is for this one, punching out the eye holes would be difficult at this stage, the PLA is too thick to cut with a knife, I can’t get a saw in there and power cutting tools scare me somewhat. I’ve got a cutting wheel for my Dremel that could cut the plastic but I would make a mess and possibly chop off a finger or two. I’ll try open eyes for MK II, I can remove them from the model and they simply won’t get printed. For a MKII I'd also reduce t…

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    Thank you all for your kind words I’ve got the rest printed and assembled and am now well into the tedious process of sanding, filling, sanding, priming and more sanding. It does fit, I can even get in on over my glasses, just, which is a relief. I did give it a coat of XTC-3D, but that didn’t go well. First problem was I mixed too much, 30ml, and it started to set (it gets warm just before it hardens) before I could put it all on, I panicked a bit and applied some too late, it didn’t smooth out…

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    Hello, I’m new around here though I've been lurking for a bit. I’m no stranger to cosplay or crossdressing, (flickr.com/photos/helenalove/) but Animegao Kigurumi is new to me. I’ve seen Kigs at MCM expo in London, have a slight fascination with masks and well, I ‘aint getting any cuter, but the cost put me off buying a mask. But last November I bought a 3D printer (a Creality CR-10s, which BTW was cheaper than a full kig mask) and have been getting to know it and learning Blender. I’ve designed …