Innovation Nation: Star Wars Edition

Long long ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

We were all taken in by the Star Wars franchise, whether we’re hardcore Original Trilogy Fans who saw it 15 times in theaters, or we came in late to the party. Whichever you are, no one can deny that Star Wars was a defining factor in the childhoods of millions.

Which is why it’s SUPER cool when creative adults, still taken with it, use their skills to make something AWESOME:

An entirely 3D printed Storm Trooper costume??? It’s more likely than you’d think!

Fans aren’t the only ones getting into the 3D printing craze–3DPrint.com even reports that the new movie, The Force Awakens, relies heavily on 3D printing technology!

“[M]any of the costumes wouldn’t have been possible without 3D printing, at least not in practical terms,” according to 3DPrint.com’s Sandra Helsel. Read the whole article here!

Got the design skills to 3D model Star Wars parts? You could have your very own set of Darth Vader armor. Don’t have the skills but want some anyway? Check out some premade Star Wars CAD models here, ready for printing. (The database has some nice Star Trek models, too, for the Trekkies out there!)

Let us know what you think in the comments–we’d love to hear from you. But one thing is for sure: 3D printing has brought us one step closer to the future we see in our media.

-Diana