Take your cosplay costume to a whole new level at new maker event at Proto BuildBar this weekend

Now’s your chance to build that Voltron costume.

If you've always wanted to get into cosplay, you'll want to be at Proto BuildBar this Saturday. Dayton's premier makerspace is throwing its first Proto Cosplay Connection.

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This event, which will take place on the first Saturday of every month, will be a chance for seasoned and novice cosplayers alike to network, brainstorm and create components for costumes.

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Here is what you need to know about this new event:

“We’ll be offering our discounted maker services, included 3d printing and soldering equipment,” says Aubrey Johnson. “We’ll be giving away prizes based around collaboration and best costume designs.”

Proto’s general manager, Alex Todd, says 3D printing is the perfect medium for making accoutrements for costumes.

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“There’s unlimited possibilities for creating embellishments,” says Todd. “For those who don’t have great skills with foam, carpentry or fabric, 3D printing gives you the ability to create incredible customized pieces with professional and polished results.”

Aubrey Johnson says Proto’s Cosplay Connection is a great way for newbie cosplayers to acquire the skills necessary to make stunning costumes.

“We really wanted to show the inexperienced folks who have a desire to get into cosplay that the 3D printer can be an awesome tool in helping them easily create whatever their imagination can come up with,” says Johnson. “It’s going to be a really fun, relaxed event — and if you’ve ever dreamed of creating a costume, this will be a great place to start!”

Special pricing at Proto Cosplay Connection will include discounts on 3D printing services, along with free use of the space’s maker benches.

It’s all about building a community and helping wannabe cosplayers express themselves, says Proto employee Izzie Harlow.

“Cosplay is a super fun expression of yourself, through the characters that you’ve grown to love,” she says. “It allows you to take a character that you relate to and love and personalize that connection in a very fun, personal and creative way.”

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WHAT: Proto Cosplay Connection

WHEN: The first Saturday of every month, starting June 2, from 6 PM to 12 AM

WHERE: Proto BuildBar, 534 E. 1st St., Dayton

MORE INFO: Facebook | ProtoBuildBar.com

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