The show stopping cosplay costume of Comic-Con International 2018 was that of Star Wars fanatic, 13 year old Vedant Singhania.
The vision of non-profit organisation Magic Wheelchair, a collaboration of special effects experts, designers and prop makers created the 2.44m-high and 3m-long Poe Dameron X-Wing Fighter.
Pixologic Inc was responsible for the design and modelling, while Dangling Carrot Creative 3D printed the costume using its large format Massive 3D printer – with Massivit 3D donating the printing materials – and Monster City Studios which completed the assembly and finish.
Dangling Carrot Creative produced 50 individual costume pieces in just over two weeks crafted by some of the original Lucasfilm prop fabricators.
Magic Wheelchair provides bespoke costumes to kids with wheelchairs at no cost to their families. As part of Comic-Con’s special ‘Star Wars experience’ this year, and its partnership with Pixologic – the supplier of ZBrush digital sculpting software – Magic Wheelchair selected Vedant to receive the extraordinary 3D printed costume.
Pixologic 3D Product Development Manager Paul Gaboury, said: “We connected with Magic Wheelchair realising that our technology and modelling expertise could help them with the amazing work they’re doing for children in wheelchairs.
“After we designed the costume, Dangling Carrot Creative was the last piece to the puzzle. The company gave us the capability to 3D print life-size parts to help eliminate the need for molds or casting, saving considerable time and money.”
Commenting on Massivit 3D’s involvement in the project, CEO Avner Israeli, added: “This project has been an extraordinary opportunity to test the true value of our technology and to put young Vedant in the spotlight for the right reasons. There’s nothing quite so wonderful as bringing joy to a child.”
The costume was presented to Vedant at the Comic-Con International show on Saturday. He expressed his excitement and appreciation to all involved: “It’s mind-blowing. I didn’t expect the costume to be so big and I’m thrilled that it’s an X-Wing Fighter because I love Star Wars.
“I was really excited during the parade. I was so happy because all the people were taking pictures of me. It made me feel like a celebrity!”