Arizona State University’s (ASU) School of Film, Dance, and Theatre has recently incorporated 3D printing technology into its costume design process. The students and faculty have been experimenting with 3D printing to create unique and intricate costumes for performances. This technology has allowed them to design costumes that would have been impossible to create by hand. One example is a costume created for a production of “The Tempest,” which featured a 3D-printed headpiece with a detailed sea creature design. 3D printing in costume design has the potential to revolutionize the industry, allowing for greater creativity and efficiency in the design process.
According to Victor Surovec, program coordinator for the maker services, and Sarah Lakenau, “The ‘teeth’ on this breastplate were created in a 3D printer using a scan of a real tooth from a grizzly bear, according to Sarah Lakenau, clinical assistant professor of costume technology in the School of Film, Dance, and Theatre at ASU. I emphasize to my students that they should use technology to solve problems. There was a time you did have to be in a profession to have the skill set to run some of this equipment, but now, the usability of some of this stuff has gotten to a level where I teach a 6-year-old to design and print in 3D.”