This is a hub for the various techniques and information that can be implemented to start building armor. Consider it a first step in the process, where each method and its basic results are laid out as well as detailed information on specific concepts. In general there are two major steps in the creation of a piece of armor. How to create the base armor piece - the prototype, and how to create the final draft. Sometimes the prototype becomes the final draft, other times it serves as a "master mold" from which a refined final draft is made.

When getting into armor making, it is important to understand this section, as it is based largely on resources available, the amount of time one is willing to spend, the amount of money one is willing to spend, skills required, and how "nice" the final product will look.

As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to plan the final draft first, as the base creation process depends on what the armorer wishes to have as a their display-worthy piece. The final draft also tends to be the most expensive part of the process, so someone with limited funding will want to choose a method that has a cheap total cost.

Lastly, this is a guide, so the options and techniques listed are mutable to each armorer's individual needs and creativity. Most of the techniques were derived from pushing the envelope, so SAFE experimentation can innovate future methods. Armor makers should always be ready to adapt and change the techniques to suit their own needs.

Processes and Tutorials[edit | edit source]

This is a list of the different major processes through which armor can be made. These processes are explored and demonstrated as tutorials, so armorers can learn how to build their armor.

Important Note[edit | edit source]

Before reading through these tutorials, it is IMPORTANT that everyone read the Safety guidelines first.

Tutorials[edit | edit source]

Concepts[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references pages for the major concepts related to armor making, they get put together to build a piece of armor. For a list of tutorials, see further below.

  1. Pepakura
  2. Fiberglass
  3. Foam
  4. Bondo
  5. Rondo
  6. Foam Coating
  7. Mold Casting
  8. CNC
  9. Vacuum Forming
  10. Hand Molding
  11. 3d Printing
  12. Laser Cutting
  13. Electronics
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