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Welcome to this mom’s 3D-printed ‘Star Wars’ prop shop

It's amazing how detailed you can get with a 3D printer.


Lisa Granshaw


Posted on Apr 9, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 2:53 am CDT

If you have kids running around at home, it can sometimes be hard to find the time to create your own cosplay. One new mom in Idaho, however, is continuing her passion for cosplay with a little help from 3D printing.

Renee Ammon is a professional seamstress and the mother of an 18-month-old boy. With her son exploring the house, she discovered she couldn’t work with her needles and usual sewing mess.

“I like to cosplay and I still like to make costumes, but right now modeling and printing is an easier process than sewing,” Ammon told “I can model and print props and jewelry for any costume easily, while I’m watching my son and while he is napping. It is convenient because I can stop any time, drop what I’m doing to go run after my toddler. It is so easy to see results and feel accomplished with a project!”

Ammon is a huge Star Wars fan, and she has printed multiple props from the movies in amazing detail.

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 To do this she researches the props and uses photos to come up with technical drawings and then creates a virtual model. To print the props she uses Shapeways, a 3D printing service, since she does not have her own printer. 

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In addition to props from Star Wars, Ammon has also created items from Game of Thrones.

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Ammon shares images of her work on her Facebook page, including photos of her works in progress and her completed items. She also discusses her process, in case you’re interested in joining the 3D-printed cosplay revolution.

H/T | Photo via Renee Ammon/Facebook

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*First Published: Apr 9, 2015, 4:12 pm CDT