Engineer Builds Cosplay Costume by Integrating Spacesuit Technology
This is what happens when an engineer gets into cosplay.
Whether you like cosplay or not doesn't matter, it is simply impossible not to be impressed by this engineer's "insane" Ultramarine cosplay at Otakon, which is an annual celebration of Asian pop culture.
Jeremy Chang, who is a self-described cosplayer, gamer, and engineer, is the man behind the cosplay. In the video, he explains the process of building the costume with various stages of 3D printing stuff and incorporating actual spacesuit technology.
It is kind of amazing to watch him tower over the interviewer who is obviously kind of starstruck -- of course, who wouldn't be? Not only the suit looks amazing, but he also has great mobility on his arms and legs, which enables him to move around in that costume with ease.
How did he build it?
After working out the logistics, the building took him three months. The design came out almost 7 feet tall and he did some CAD on the sword too.
He had a first go at a 3D-printed bearing designed for the arms that allowed the design to properly move the arms. The magic of 3D printing was used in the hardware for mounting too.
He apparently mostly relied on Solidworks but used Fusion 360 too.
It is especially interesting how he did the helmet. He apparently added a respirator mask inside to direct the airflow and also attached a 3D-printed bearing to a black duct and magnetized it so that he could move his head around while the neck stayed closed.
He also 3D printed the gauntlets and gloves and used magnets mostly, he explained in this forum post.
You can actually check out the rest of his amazing work through his Instagram page.