Black Panther and his 3D printed costumes

3D printing in movies is an interesting application of the technology. Movie buffs will likely have seen Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , already popular around the world despite hitting screens a short time ago. If you've seen it, you've probably been seduced by the costumes: elaborate, detailed and above all partially 3D printed! Austrian designer Julia Koerner has already won numerous awards for her work which combines architecture, 3D technology and fashion design. So it's no surprise that Koerner was called in for the Marvel franchise's Black Panther movies.

This project involved a collaboration between Julia Koerner and costume designer Ruth Carter, who worked on the film's props together. The duo designed a 3D-printed crown and necklace, which audiences see in the film about Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Ramonda. It may come as no surprise to many fans of Marvel and additive manufacturing that parts of the sequel to 2018's 'Black Panther' movie have once again been made using technology. In the original film, Queen Ramonda's large crown as well as her elaborate shoulder coat were also made using 3D printing.

3D printing makes movie costumes more detailed

As already described, the film, which was released in November 2022, incorporates 3D printed parts. Julia Koerner and Ruth Carter, who won an Oscar for bringing Afrofuturism to the big screen, rely on advanced design technologies, which allowed them to create highly intricate and detailed designs. These parts were additively manufactured using the Selective Laser Sintering process . In past projects, Julia Koerner worked with Stratasys' J750 3D printer to produce the parts. However, it is unknown which 3D printer was used for the second installment of Black Panther.

The reason Marvel decided to use 3D printing is simply because the crown and necklace have extremely complex structures that wouldn't have been possible with traditional manufacturing methods. Once again, Koerner and Carter were able to demonstrate that creating costumes with digital design and 3D printing works to deliver many benefits to the film industry.