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3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design

1st Edition

By Anne E. McMills


416 pages

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Affordable 3D printers are rapidly becoming everyday additions to the desktops and worktables of entertainment design practitioners – whether working in theatre, theme parks, television and film, museum design, window displays, animatronics, or… you name it! We are beginning to ask important questions about these emerging practices:


· How can we use 3D fabrication to make the design and production process more efficient?

· How can it be used to create useful and creative items?

· Can it save us from digging endlessly through thrift store shelves or from yet another late-night build?

· And when budgets are tight, will it save us money?


This quick start guide will help you navigate the alphabet soup that is 3D printing and begin to answer these questions for yourself. It outlines the basics of the technology, and its many uses in entertainment design. With straightforward and easy-to-follow information, you will learn ways to acquire printable 3D models, basic methods of creating your own, and tips along the way to produce successful prints.

Over 70 professionals contributed images, guidance, and never-before-seen case studies filled with insider secrets to this book, including tutorials by designer and pioneer, Owen M. Collins.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part I: The Basics

  1. Methods of 3D Printing
  2. Choosing a 3D Printer

Part II: Workflow

3. Acquiring a Model

4. Creating your own 3D Model

5. Fixing and Finalizing

6. Printing

7. Troubleshooting

PART III: The Entertainment Industry

8. Scenic Applications

9. Costume Applications

10. Character Design and Fabrication

11. Exhibit Design

12 Additional Disciplines


Appendix A: Safety Concerns

Appendix B: Glossary of Terms




About the Author

Anne E. McMills has been teaching 3D printing since 2011. Her passion is for expanding 3D technology’s home in theatrical design. Furthermore, Anne is involved in advisory panels and focus groups for 3D technology companies where she has the opportunity to be a voice for the entertainment industry.

In addition to her passion for 3D printing, Anne is a lighting designer, professor, and also the author of The Assistant Lighting Designer's Toolkit. She has worked in theatre (from Broadway to the West End) as well as in dance, opera, theme parks, concerts, award shows, industrials, architectural lighting, and television. Anne is the Head of Lighting Design at San Diego State University (where she also teaches 3D fabrication) and a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft