In 1939 an iconic comic book character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, since then he has pretty much seen it all through the many decades of fighting crime in the ongoing and dark days of Gotham City. He is the Dark Knight and throughout the many years we’ve seen him in many dashing forms as he has evolved from the page to the cartoon and onto the big screen being played by numerous and sometimes offbeat handsome actors. So for Batman Day and it's weekend, we searched the internet for the best designs to bring to you all things Batman related to keep the spirit of your favorite superhero alive.
The Dark Knight
Gauntlet FX, and Crimson Coscrafts teamed up to tackle and create what may be the most incredible 3D printed Batman suit that we have ever seen. The man behind the mask is Steven Kee of Crimson Croscraft, who says he "dabbles" in 3D prop making and he's the guy that 3D printed his own Batman costume and the results will blow your mind. Working with Tundra Designs and Gauntlet FX, Dee's suit - based on the 'Dark Knight' skin from the video game Batman: Arkham Origins. This Batman suit was entirely built using advanced 3D modeling and 3D printing techniques based on plans from Gauntlet FX, before Tundra 3D printed them and finished the pieces off. It's amazing to think that it came from a 3D printer, this Batman suit looks absolutely incredible!
This design may just have a challenger though, in the form of yet another Batman suit. This one was created by a company out of Galway, Ireland, called Order 66 Creatures and Effects, with the help of the same people who made the other Batman suit. In fact, Order 66’s Julian Checkley got help from Gauntlet FX and Tundra Designs for the 3D printing aspects of his suit. Checkley’s Batman: Arkham Origins suit features armor made from 3D printed urethane. These parts were digitally taken straight from the computer game, in order to replicate the real suit as closely as they could. To top it off the suit even comes with some of Batman’s favorite gadgets, such as folding Batarangs, and sharp gauntlets and not the mention the two Guinness World records that came out in the 2018 Gamer's Edition.
Oscar Torres is not new when it comes to 3D printing he has been a 3D modeler for over 8 years now and is quite the fan of Batman. Torres recently set out to model and 3D print both a Batmobile and a Batcycle (Winged Knight) on his UP Mini 3D printer, and his results for the Batmobile are quite phenomenal. To model the Batmobile, Torres used several software packages, including Rhino, T-Splines, and SpaceClaim. Throughout his years as a 3D designer he has come up with some very efficient workflows that enable him to get the most potential out of all of his software options.
After the Batmobile was designed, it was sliced into 80 separate pieces in order for him to print the entire thing on his small 4.75 inch wide build platform and avoid issues with warping. He printed all 80 pieces at the highest settings available, in order to capture the most detail possible. In all, it took approximately 150-200 hours of print time to complete, but it was worth every second of it. The final assembled Batmobile measures a staggering 22 inches long and 9 inches wide, and thus far Torres has not done any post processing to the vehicle other than assembling it. The film also reinvented the Batmobile, and while we have since seen many iterations in each subsequent film, the original 1989 Batmobile still stands out as one of the most memorable and impressive designs.
Remembering Adam West
Adam West is forever known to many as Batman and whose name is synonymous with taking your most famous role and parodying it. Adam West was born in 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, and was eventually drafted into the United States army where he acted as an announcer on American Forces Network television. From then he auditioned and acted in various productions until he came across the Batman role in 1966 and since then it has turned into a cultural phenomenon and a cult classic. To this day, it is iconic both as a symbol of the ‘60s and as one of the most influential versions of the caped crusader since then Adam West has been inextricably linked to that iconic character.
With its “Wham! Pow!” onscreen exclamations, flamboyant villains and cheeky tone, “Batman” became a surprise hit with its premiere on ABC in 1966, a virtual symbol of ’60s kitsch. The half-hour action comedy was such a hit that it aired twice a week on ABC at its peak. But within two seasons, the show’s popularity slumped as quickly as it soared. West’s portrayal of the superhero and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne, ultimately made it hard for him to get other roles, and while he continued to work throughout his career, options remained limited because of his association with the character.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” his family said in a statement. Adam West was 88 when died after a short battle with leukemia on June 9 2017 on a Friday night in Los Angeles surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.