Comic-Con International in San Diego never disappoints. Every year, it consistently showcases some of the most interesting movie franchise and comic panels, inspiring special guests and, above all, some really—and I mean really—amazing cosplay.
This year, Comic-Con saw lots of classic cosplays, from Marvel heroes and villains, to DC anti-heroes, to iconic and new Star Wars characters. In the latter group, one particular cosplay caught our attention: 13-year-old Vedant Singhania rolled up to the event in his wheelchair disguised as Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Fighter Jet from the new Star Wars episodes.
The amazing wheelchair costume, it turns out, was the work of Magic Wheelchair, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating custom costumes for children in wheelchairs at no cost to the child’s family. This particular effort was also enabled by 3D design software company Pixologic, which helped with the 3D models; printing service Dangling Carrot Creative, which 3D printed the parts; large-format printer manufacturer Massivit, which donated the 3D printing materials; and Monster City Studios which helped to assemble and finalize the costume.
The amazing Star Wars cosplay is made up of roughly 50 individual parts, all 3D printed using the Massivit 1800 3D printer in just over two weeks. The whole structure, which fits perfectly around Vedant’s wheelchair (effectively turning the 13-year-old into an X-Wing fighter pilot), measures 2.44 meters in height and 3 meters in length.
“We connected with Magic Wheelchair realizing that our technology and modelling expertise could help them with the amazing work they’re doing for children in wheelchairs,” said Paul Gaboury, 3D Product Development Manager at Pixologic. “After we designed the costume, Dangling Carrot Creative was the last piece to the puzzle. The company gave us the capability to 3D print life-size parts to help eliminate the need for molds or casting, saving considerable time and money.”
Massivit CEO Avner Israeli commented on his company’s role in the inspiring project saying: “Together with our customers like Dangling Carrot, we’re constantly discovering new and exciting applications achievable with our 3D printing solutions for the entertainment market. This project has been an extraordinary opportunity to test the true value of our technology and to put young Vedant in the spotlight for the right reasons. There’s nothing quite so wonderful as bringing joy to a child.”
Joy was exactly what the collaborative companies brought to the young Star Wars fanwhen presenting him with his amazing wheelchair cosplay. “It’s mind-blowing,” Vedant gushed. “I didn’t expect the costume to be so big and I’m thrilled that it’s an X-Wing Fighter because I love Star Wars. I was really excited during the parade. I was so happy because all the people were taking pictures of me. It made me feel like a celebrity.”