The days of having to sew a rudimentary costume may be going the way of the dinosaurs, as digital design and 3D printing pave a brand new path to big bags of candy (and future trips to a very disappointed family dentist) for your kids, as well as stunning everyone at the next adult get together where you might be scraping the walls and lashing grim long steel nails in the air with something like the 3D printed Freddy Glove.
Perfect for terrorizing innocent friends and family with fear, the 3D printed glove is the nightmarish Halloween project created by Peter Gross of Illinois, and available on Thingiverse. With this project on the back burner for a while, Peter decided to go for it before Halloween came and went again without any Krueger claw action in the mix. He boiled the project down to size simply in realizing that he needed just to design one finger, starting with the pinky–and then the others could be easily scaled, at 1.15 percent. There was some mild trial and error involved; however, Peter recommends that method as it didn’t take long and ended up working very well.
We think Freddy would approve, not exactly a style icon himself, and certainly he used some items from around the house before he set out to make life miserable for the teenagers on Elm Street, all via the imagination of horror icon Wes Craven. The famous creator of Freddy in all his terror probably would have been glad to have a few 3D printers on hand for many of the still-riveting special effects in the series of movies that made their mark in the ’80s–from which were born one of the most quintessential and unique serial-killing monsters–and the trademark glove.
3D printing lends a great deal of latitude to holiday accessories in general, but none are more fun than the gruesome designs abounding at Halloween. With the flexibility offered through digital design, allowing for such ease in creating as well as making multiple prototypes, 3D printing is a game-changer for a world of do-it-yourself projects.