Late in July, at the famous San Diego Comic Con, thirteen-year old Star Wars fan Vedant Singhania got to pilot an X-Wing – of sorts – courtesy of Massivit 3D, Magic Wheelchair, Pixologic Inc., Monster City Studios, and Dangling Carrot Creative.
Massivit 3D, “the leading provider of large format 3D printing solutions for visual communication [with the help of Singhania] unveiled the ‘world’s first’ 3D printed Poe Dameron X-Wing Fighter charity wheelchair costume.”
Singhania’s costume was the result of a vision by non-profit Magic Wheelchair, which “provides bespoke costumes to kids with wheelchairs at no cost to their families.” Pixologic Inc. was responsible for the X-Wing’s design and modelling while Dangling Carrot Creative 3D printed the costume using a Massivit 1800 3D Printer. As for Monster City Studios, they completed the assembly and finish.
“Utilizing the high print speeds and dual print heads of its Massivit 1800 3D Printer, Dangling Carrot Creative produced 50 individual costume pieces in just over two weeks. The 2.44m-high and 3m-long (8’ x 10’) [starfighter] provides [Singhania] with his very own Star Wars X-Wing fighter jet, crafted by some of the original Lucasfilm prop fabricators.” This way, the entire project was able to eliminate the need for molds or casting, which saved both time and money.
Massivit 3D’s CEO Avner Israeli explains: “this project has been an extraordinary opportunity to test the true value of our technology and to put young [Singhania] in the spotlight for the right reasons. There’s nothing quite so wonderful as bringing joy to a child.”
Singhania said it best himself: “it’s mind-blowing. I didn’t expect the costume to be so big and I’m thrilled 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.”
Image, Video, and Quotes Courtesy of Massivit 3D