3D print a crown like Queen Ramonda’s from Black Panther

Netia wearing her 3D printed crown.

You probably know the movie Black Panther won the 2019 Academy Award for Best Costume Design; what you may not know is the crown worn by the character Queen Ramonda was made using a 3D printer.

mLab host Netia McCray teams up with Erica Nwankwo of Autodesk to demonstrate how to use Tinkercad and a 3D printer to make a crown inspired by the one worn by Queen Ramonda.

Inspired by the video but not sure how to get started? No worries—we got you covered with our step-by-step instructions.

After making the crown, we check-in with Darrell Maloney of The Broken Nerd YouTube channel, who’s marvelous creations have us a little green with envy.

What you need to do this project

web browser
To use Tinkercad on a Mac or PC, you’ll need a web browser that supports WebGL, the 3D graphics technology required by Tinkercad. The oldest browser versions you can use are Google Chrome 10, Mozilla Firefox 4, any version of Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Safari 5.1.[^1] Tablets and other devices that support WebGL can also run Tinkercad; this Wikipedia article has the details.
3D printer
To actually make your crown, you will need access to a 3D printer. Many community technology centers have them and are open to the public. You can also upload your file to a 3D printing service and they’ll ship your crown to you for a fee.

Supplies you’ll need

3D printer filament
Filament is the plastic thread 3D printers use to make objects. For this project, we recommend… A spool of this filamnet costs $20–$40

Overview

  1. Make a cap for your crown
  2. Make the headband for your crown
  3. Make the Top of Your Crown
  4. Let’s add the finishing touches!
  5. Tips and tricks to futher customize your crown
  6. Bonus

Make a cap for your crown

  1. Select Half Sphere from the Basic Shapes Toolbar and bring it to our Workplane.

  2. Adjust the Half Sphere so that each side is the same length.

  3. Adjust the height of the Half Sphere.

    In the example below, the sides are 4 inches and the height is 2 inches.

  4. Duplicate the Half Sphere

  5. Move one of the Half Spheres into the Workplane

    You can do this by selecting one of the Half Spheres; click and drag down the black triangle above the selected Half Sphere until the shape is slightly below the Workplane as shown.

  6. From the Shape Toolbar, select Hole; this makes the Half Sphere transparent.

  7. Adjust the Half Sphere so that each side is the same length.

  8. Adjust the distance between the Half Spheres

    In the example, we made each side 3.75 inches and the distance between the Half Spheres is .125 inch

Make the headband for your crown

  1. Select Tube from our Basic Shapes Toolbar and bring it to our Workplane alongside our Cap.

  2. Adjust length and width of the Tube, making sure the length and width are the same

    In the example, the length and width are 4 inches

  3. Using the Shape Toolbar, adjust the radius of the Tube.

    In the example, the radius is 2 inches

  4. Adjust wall thickness for the Tube

    In the example, the wall thickness is .15 inch

  5. Adjust the number of Sides for the Tube

    In the example, the number of sides is 12.

  6. Drag the Tube across the Workplane to the cap (i.e. the two 'Half Spheres' from the previous step).

  7. Align your tube and the cap along their midpoints.

  8. Adjust the height of the Tube

    In the example, the height is .25 inch

Make the Top of Your Crown

  1. Select a 'Cone' from our 'Basic Shapes' Toolbar to the Workplane

  2. In the Shape Toolbar, adjust to the desired Base Radius of the Cone

    In the example, the base radius is 2&nbps;inches

  3. Adjust the height of the Cone

    In the example, the height is 1 inch

  4. Adjust the number of 'Sides' of the Cone

    In the example, the number of sides is 12.

  5. Adjust the height of the Cone off the Workplane

    Adjust the height of the Cone off the Workplane by selecting the black triangle above the shape. In the example, the height off the Workplane is .125 inch

  6. Select the Cap, Headband and Cone and align them along the midpoint

    Using the keyboard, press Ctrl + A on a PC or Cmd + A on a Mac to select all the shapes. Then, click the middle Black Dots along the length and width of the 'Selected Shapes' to align all the shapes at the midpoint.

  7. In the Shape Toolbar, adjust the top radius of the cone

  8. Adjust cone to the desired height and move it closer to the headband

    Make sure that the cone is in close contact with the Headband. Use the arrows to move cone downwards so it’s resting on top of the headband.

Let’s add the finishing touches!

  1. Duplicate the Cone

    The Duplicate tool is locate on the Top-Left Corner of the 'Menu Bar'. It is the 3rd icon from the left, next to the 'Paste' tool.

  2. Shrink the size of the Duplicate Cone

    In the example, the length and width are 6.25 inches

  3. Move the duplicate cone so that it is slightly above the original cone

  4. Change the duplicate cone to a Hole

    Select the Hole tool which is located in the Shape Toolbar

  5. Use the Group tool to combine the duplicate cone and the original cone. This will create a hole in the top of the Crown.

  6. Click and drag your mouse across all of the shapes on your Workplane

  7. Use the Group tool to combine all of the selected Shapes on your Workplane

  8. Feel free to change the color!!

Tips and tricks to futher customize your crown

It’s important to customize your crown to make it your own. As you have seen so far, Tinkercad allows for you to make quite advanced CAD models using a variety of basic shapes and techniques. For example, you can easily change the color of your crown or add any other customization that speaks to the Wakandan inside of you. For a little inspiration, look at the customization we did with our crown!

Bonus

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