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.


part I|50 pages

The Basics

chapter 1|26 pages

Methods of 3D Printing

chapter 2|22 pages

Choosing a 3D Printer

part II|134 pages


chapter 3|20 pages

Acquiring a Model

chapter 4|32 pages

Creating your own 3D Model

chapter 5|32 pages

Fixing and Finalizing

chapter 6|34 pages


chapter 7|12 pages


part III|171 pages

The Entertainment Industry

chapter 8|46 pages

Scenic Applications

chapter 9|37 pages

Costume Applications

chapter 10|34 pages

Character Design and Fabrication

chapter 11|14 pages

Exhibit Design

chapter 12|37 pages

Additional Disciplines