Prop maker Olivia Lam decided to put her RockstockMAX 3D printer to work: she re-created Majora’s Mask from a 3D digital file. 3D printing is a very unique way to build physical creations, and a very effective tool in smaller spaces, much like Lam’s one-bedroom condo. Lam explained to 3dprint.com, “I remembered a friend’s passing mention of using 3D-printing to make props from 3D models, so I looked into it.”
Essentially, 3D printing uses digital files of creations made in a special program in order to convert it to a physical object. This was a much easier way for her than using jigsaws and other larger carving tools. However, the process wasn’t easy in any sense of the word. Lam also had to re-create each spike with 3D printing, and then moved on to cleaning, covering it with primer, sanding, and painting.
Lam stated, “I started by modeling a heart as a base. The eyes are simply UV spheres with some boolean modifiers to shape them to the mask. The raised details were achieved by tracing the designs from the original artwork, getting them on the model using the shrinkwrap modifier, and extruding them out. The spikes are made from cylinders with tapered ends.”
Though there was a lot of work done on the mask, and it almost assuredly took quite a bit of Lam’s time to finish, the final product is impeccable. The mask is superbly done with remarkable attention to detail. It appears that 3D printing could be a very viable way to create artwork, if this recreation of Majora’s Mask is any indication. Be sure to read the entire interview with Lam at 3dprint.com.