3 ways to make cosplay costumes using Velleman kits - photo taken by Carter McKendry

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3 ways to make cosplay costumes using Velleman kits

Cosplaying is a way for science fiction and fantasy fanatics to become their favorite anime, video game and comic book characters. Every year, thousands of cosplayers from around the world spend countless hours building detailed costumes and accessories. Let's be honest — one of the best parts of cosplaying is actually creating and designing the costume.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right electronics or components to turn your cosplay from average to extraordinary. No costume or accessory is the same, and everyone wants their cosplay to stand out from the crowd. Fortunately, Velleman fans are paving the way with their innovative ideas by combining cosplaying with making. These maker/cosplayer hybrids found creative ways to use Velleman kits to enhance their costumes. Use these creative ideas to up your cosplay game.

3D print cosplay armor and accessories

One of the best and biggest 3D printing projects we've seen is Ross Wilkes' life-sized Iron Man suit. Wilkes spent 14 months and used an estimated 1.8 miles of filament on his K8200 3D printer to build this masterpiece.

Life-size Iron Man suit printed using Velleman K8200 3D Printer

Source: 3DPrint.com.

While Wilkes' Iron Man suit is impressive, you might not be looking to print out an entire cosplay costume. Luckily, there are tons of helmets, masks, armor plates and accessories like this Hylian Shield on Thingiverse for you to get ideas from. Velleman PLA also comes in 14 different colors to ensure your prints match the rest of your costume.

Modulate your voice

It's not enough to just look like your favorite characters; you want to sound like them too! Eric Buijs had the same idea with his Darth Vader voice changer. Using a chip from our Voice Changer Minikit, Buijs made an affordable, adjustable voice modulator. Cosplay YouTuber Henrik Pilerud also used the MK171 to make a voice changer for his Kylo Ren helmet.

The voice changer isn't specific to Star Wars characters either. The MK171 has an on-board potentiometer to adjust the pitch and vibrato of your voice.

Add automated and interactive lights

Looking and sounding like your favorite character is only the beginning of a good cosplay. Having EL wire, LEDs and interactive lights are what really bring cosplay costumes together. Evie Bee used our Sound to Light minikit to bring a robotic Wheatly to life.


These ideas and projects are just the beginning of the Velleman / cosplay world. We're still waiting to see a League of Legends Bard cosplay using the Multi-Tone Chime Kit or Wonder Woman's Bracelets of Submission printed using a Vertex 3D Printer.

Have you used Velleman kits for costumes? Do you have any tips or suggestions for your fellow cosplayers? Join the conversation and let us know in the comments below or tweet us @VellemanStore.