3D Mirror Escape




Introduction: 3D Mirror Escape

If you are interested in a fun little project to kill some time which does not really do much other than look kinda cool, then try something like this.

Step 1: Fantasygraph

Giving credit where credit is due, fantasygraph created this STL file which includes a mirror frame, a demon hand, and the torsos of two women with slightly different poses escaping from the mirror realm. I did not do much other than print off the files, paint and pull together. But it was still a fun project. I would have liked to have had time to add lights to my versions, but decided that was too much for my time schedule at the moment. If you would like to download the files for yourself, you can visit them at Fantasygraph

Step 2: First You Print

First print off the main files. I printed both torsos because I was not sure what I was going to ultimately do. I forgot to take a picture of the frame in its pure print state.

Step 3: Painting

You may notice I've got several projects which I'm painting at the same time. I do a lot of multitasking. I tried to pick colors which stand out and contrast each other.

Step 4: Decisions Decisions

For this mirror escape I chose the torso I ultimately painted blue. However I could not let the other torso go to waste. So, I printed off the mirror frame from the Magic Mirror from Disney and used it as a second mirror.

Step 5: Mirror Mirror

I originally thought of using a real mirror for the project but the frames had too many turns and twists for someone with my limited skill at cutting glass. So, I cut some polystyrene to the exact shape and put some mylar type reflective material over it. Looks and reflects just like a regular mirror (at least for these purposes).

Step 6: The Second Escape

After I printed off the frame from the magic mirror, my 6 year old daughter wanted to help me paint it. Afterwards she decided she wanted to have the other torso and mirror in her bedroom next to her regular mirror. So, I finished it up and hung it in her room. It required some sticky putty to hang so it would be flat against the wall.

Step 7: Finally the Escape

I attached the torso and claw to the mirror material with some gorilla glue then affixed it to the side of my Terminator slot machine. The reason it put it there is because the casing is black and the slot machine sits right next to my desk in my home office. That way I get to see it. I still wonder what it would have been like to add lights or use an opaque cover with lights instead of the mirror material. However, still I like the result. It was a fun project and my daughter things it was well worth it.

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7 years ago

Have you thought of sanding down or polishing your 3d prints? They seem kinda rough. Other than print quality your works look great. (I love deloreans)


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Like I said, I'm still an amature. The problem with sanding is you have to balance that with the density of the print. If you have a 10% density, which uses a lot less filament and is good for initial drafts, it is difficult to sand as you can very easily breach the outer layer and have a large hole in the object. If you print with a higher density (say 90%) that is pretty much solid. It uses a lot of filament, takes a very long time to print, and you do not want to do that except as a final draft. I used the higher densities for functional objects which are handled and subjected to stress. Figurines I usually keep the density lower. I'm still figuring out what the proper density is for each type of project. Yes, I try to balance things to get rid of the layering look. But if I'm utilizing an initial draft, I try not to sand too much.

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7 years ago