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3D Print Kiki's Radio For Cosplay at Comic-Con

March 16, 2017

3D Print Kiki's Radio For Cosplay at Comic-Con

Chris Cruz has always had an interest in 3D printing but never took the dive into buying a 3D printer. We ended up meeting Chris one day when he offered to help lift one of our prototype printers. We eventually talked about 3D printing and had some questions that we hear often from aspiring enthusiasts.

 

What can I do with 3D printing?
What is the investment?
How hard is it to use?

 

He was surprised to find that it is pretty easy to get involved in 3D printing. We kept chatting and he told me that he would be attending Seattle's ComicCon with his daughter. His daughter picked Kiki from the critically acclaimed anime "Kiki's Delivery Service" to cosplay.
Chis had everything ready to go except that he could not find a quality version of Kiki's radio (seen hanging from her broom). "I thought I was going to end up getting a cardboard box and having to paint it and it wouldn't look good", said Chris. 

 

The Process

When we finished chatting with Chris, our team found images of the radio and created a highly detailed CAD for our Blue Dragon 3D printer. The next day we found Chris and handed him this bad boy.
It wasn't a surprise to us when Chris saw the result, he was thrilled! "Honestly I wasn't expecting anything. I didn't think after chatting with Brandon that he would return to me 24 hours later with a perfect replica of the radio I wanted!". We did our part, it was up to Chris to run with what we gave him and he did not disappoint.
"Once I got the printed radio, I went home and spray painted it red and let it dry", Chris explains. 
"Once the paint dried, I added the finer details in adding the speaker holes, coloring the knobs. I wanted to add my own flair to it as well"
Kiki's Delivery Service Red Radio 3D Print
"After that, I added the stickers for the finishing touches. There was even a slot for me to attach a strap exactly like how Kiki has it. At Comicon, people would come up to us and ask us how we created the radio. it was a major hit!".  
We think the results are stunning. What do you think?


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