8 iconic 3D printed masks for Halloween
Got a 3D printer but no Halloween costume? Make your own mask this fall using timeless Halloween character models that you can print at home.
Iconic, distinctive and striking, this collection of 3D printing models will set you apart this year by returning to the original characters made with special handmade effects.
Now, using modern techniques, you will make people wonder how you got to recreate the awesome characters from classic horror movies.
From a hugely popular copy of the classic sci-fi movie Alien, Face Hugger, with the misleading name, has over 14,000 downloads.
The flesh-colored spider-like arms of this creature are connected by joints at each joint, which makes this 3D model quite exceptional. Because each section of the skeletal structure is printed separately and assembled after printing, the result of the model is large: 40 x 23 inches. Just wrap the Face Hugger around your head and scare anyone on Halloween, especially for the awesome structure of this model.
A Halloween night staple since its debut around 1991-92, Ghostface is perhaps the most recognizable image of spooky events. Before becoming incredibly popular in the ’90s movie Scream, the image of Ghostface was found in the painting The Scream, by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch.
This print will take 11 to 12 hours, but its minimal design means it’s relatively simple and easy to produce.
In the infamous Friday the 13th horror film, terrifying fictional character Jason Vorhees wears a distinctive hockey mask. What we often forget about Jason is that he doesn’t start wearing this mask until the third installment of the franchise, swapping a burlap bag for the now iconic modified hockey mask.
The story goes that 3D Supervisor Martin Jay Sadoff was a huge hockey fan, and when the team couldn’t bother to put Jason’s makeup on for a lighting test, Sadoff gifted his goalie mask to goal of the Detroit Red Wings. The first in the movie franchise to come out in 3D, it’s only fitting that you can now 3D print yourself the same mask if you don’t mind putting on makeup this Halloween as well.
In the longtime Saw horror films, Billy is a mechanical ventriloquist puppet whose glowing red eyes and tuxedo make for a great Halloween costume. The puppet has bold cheeks, a big nose, and thick, ridged eyebrows, making it an ideal shape to 3D print. It doesn’t take a lot of post-print work to transform the mask into Billy’s memorable face – you just need some red, black, and white paint, and you’re good to go.
Rabbits aren’t normally meant to be a symbol of terror, but in the cult classic Donnie Dark, Frank the Bunny is as terrifying as it gets. This model might not be the easiest to print, but when painted it can look pretty impressive. Frank is a life-size humanoid bunny, so donning this costume will be true to his character.
The only additional requirement of this model is that the eyes must be cut out to be worn as a mask.
In Child’s Play, the spirit of Charles Lee Ray inhabits a doll that is constantly trying to transfer itself into a human body. By printing the 3D model of Chucky for Halloween, you may be helping him achieve his goal.
This mask is set 30cm high, so adjust the scaling as you need. To complete the look glue orange hair around the edge of the mask and the likeness will be perfect.
Grim and cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter is one of America’s most fearsome villains. The mask used in the film The Silence of the Lambs covers his mouth and jaw to prevent him from biting anyone who approaches him. This model was designed with holes for the straps that wrap around your head and printable pins for the mouth grid. However, the use of metal pins would really enhance the costume.
The Predator is a masked alien creature whose heat seeking technology and laser target pointer don’t get confused easily. This 3D model is designed to fit an LED light to simulate the Predator targeting system. If you look at the added images of the finished mask, you can get an idea of how to bring the mask to life with silver spray paint and mesh over the eye cutouts.
Back to classics
3D printing offers fantastic projects for a Halloween costume. Much like the handmade special effects that have been used to design horror movie characters in the past, 3D printing gives you a new DIY approach to making your own costume.
Start with these classic models or start tailoring them to your own specifications. Either way, your friends and family will likely be in awe this Halloween.
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