If you’re a big fan of Mortal Kombat, I am sure you didn’t miss the trailer that was released recently. It would’ve been even crazier for you if you’re a 90s kid. It is scheduled to be released April 16 and I’m sure we all can’t wait. The trailer started with a clip of Sub Zero and what stuck with me was his mask. It was so beautiful and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.
So, few days later I got my designer to design it for me as I planned to show you guys how to 3D print your own subzero mask. I will take you through the whole process from the slicer down to the post processing so you can have a very clean result. The 3D printer and slicer (3D printing software) used in this tutorial are Peopoly Phenom L and Lychee respectively. Of course, you can use any 3D printer and slicer available to you. All you have to do is to follow the steps given and you will end up with a beautifully made Sub Zero mask. Let’s begin.
All tools and materials needed
Sub Zero .stl file - You can get it here.
Siraya Tech grey resin filament - You can get it here.
Rust oleum metallic spray - You can get it here.
Elastic strip - You can get that here.
Krylon fusion glossy black spray paint + primer - You can get it here.
Black Mesh (Tulle) - You can get it here
This tutorial is going to be divided into two parts. The first part is the easiest which is for the whole slicer process. The steps for post processing your mask will be discussed in the second part.
PART A: SLICER PROCESS
Step 1: Importing the .stl file to your slicer
Import the downloaded .stl file into your slicer
Step 2: Setting the orientation of your print
You want to orient the mask vertically to stay on your build plate as shown in the image below
Step 3: Addition of Support
Click on the icon shown below by the arrow to access your support settings
For addition of support, you really don’t have to do much. Use the “Generate Automatic Support” tooI pointed at by the arrow below. The slicer will automatically generate supports under all overhang it senses needs support. Use the default support settlings that came with the slicer. If you’ve messed around with your settings and don’t have the default one anymore, check out the image below.
After generating supports automatically, you should inspect your model to make sure your slicer didn’t miss any part. If it missed any part, you’d have to add the supports manually to those parts.
An example of a spot that your slicer could easily miss while generating support is shown below by the red circle
Step 4: Printing your Sub Zero mask
Go ahead to print your mask. Your print should look exactly like the image below
Step 5: Removal of Supports
It’s a lot better to remove your supports before you start any form of post processing. Be careful while removing your support so as not to damage your print.
PART B: POST-PROCESSING
This part will help you give your mask the final touches so it looks like your desired final product. Make sure you wear a rubber hand glove to prevent stain and skin irritation by the acetone that will be used.
Step 1: Wash with acetone
Add a decent amount of acetone into a bucket. Using a scotch pad along with the acetone, scrub and wash your mask lightly. This process is just to get rid of the tackiness of the resin filament residue left on the mask after printing and support removal.
Step 2: Spray with rust oleum metallic paint + primer
Spray your mask lightly with the rust oleum metallic (soft iron). This will be the first layer of spray paint.
Step 3: Spray with krylon fusion gloss black paint + primer
Maintain a distance of about 30cm and spray. Try not to go too close so you don’t cover up your first rust oleum layer. The combination of the rust oleum and metallic and this krylon fusion black will give you the metal black effect as seen in the trailer.
After spraying, your mask should have a tone that looks like the image below
It cannot be overemphasized to keep a good distance when your spray the mask. It is almost as if you’re mixing both spray paints to give a darker color.
Step 4: Addition of mesh
After spraying, you want to prepare your mesh. This will be on the inside of your mask as shown in the image below.
Working with the mesh might be a bit difficult and since we are using multiple layers, it’s best to cut it one by one. This will make it easier to work with. So, take a layer/strip of the mesh and fold it in half. Fold that half into half again. Fold again into half. That’s three folds now of the same layer. This makes the mesh easier to work with and handle. If you want, you can make your mesh thicker by wrapping the new prepared mesh with a new layer of mesh.
Put some hot glue on the inner outline of your mask as shown in the image below
Afterwards, place your prepared mesh on the mask to gum it as shown below.
Note: You only need to prepare two sets of mesh. Each will go on the left and right side of the mask.
Make sure that all layers of the mesh are properly glued to the mask. Be careful now to use too much glue. Just enough to make sure your mesh stays on.
Trim off the edges with a pair of scissors and/or lighter (be careful!).
If done correctly, your mask with mesh on it should look like this.
By now, you have prepared the mesh covering for one half of your mask. Repeat the whole process for the second half.
Step 5: Addition of elastic strap
The final step is to add elastic strap to your mask. Using some hot glue, glue your elastic strap to the mask as shown below
Make sure all the parts you glued are done properly.
There you have it!!! Your own Mortal Kombat Sub Zero mask.