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Make: Props and Costume Armor by Shawn Thorsson

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2 Working with Pepakura

Print a Science Fiction Helmet on Your Inkjet

A lot of amazing new technology is available to makers today. Technology websites and magazines are filled with countless articles about the latest developments in rapid prototyping and 3D printing.

What they don’t say is that you don’t actually need any of it for prop making and costuming.

For genuinely professional-looking results, all that’s really needed is a computer with an ordinary printer; materials that are readily available at a local hardware store, hobby store, and office supply center; and some patience. Using a shareware program called Pepakura Designer—and techniques pioneered by the members of the 405th.com HALO costuming forum—we’re going to walk through ...

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