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The Weapons Of Men In Black 3 Were Made With 3D Printers

I remember when Men in Black came out in theaters in 1997. Agent K & J had the most awesome fire power in the universe! Their weapons struck fear in the hearts of all alien foes and had the ability to bring down space crafts. Since then, advancements in 3D printing have allowed model makers to create more detailed props and character costumes that make science fiction enthusiasts jump out of their seats. Moddler, a 3D modeling studio based in San Francisco, created the weapons on Men in Black 3 using the Objet printer.

Check out Moddler’s gallery here!


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How 3D printing changed the face of ‘ParaNorman’

What used to take months to create characters with clay now takes days with 3D printing technology. LAIKA, the Portland based animation studio responsible for the ground breaking movie Coraline, utilized ZCorp technology to create their Paranorman characters. ZCorp allows stop animation studios to print thousands of facial expressions that ultimately saves them time and money. Follow this link to see how LAIKA utilizes 3D printing.

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Yoda helps explain the latest technology innovation

The force is strong with this technology… Although 3D printing is still in its infancy stage, the rate that it is evolving is astounding. At first, 3D printing was used for rapid prototyping in design visualization and development. The technology has arrived to the point where it can now be used for final part production, printing circuitry, and even artificial bone structures. This article illustrates the detail and intricate geometries that are possible with this technology, and it is getting better everyday. Almost every industry can benefit from additive manufacturing in one way or another. Experts are constantly discovering new applications such as printing “smart” wings for UAVs, printing organs and prosthetic limbs, and of course printing Yoda figures (my favorite)!

Check out the full article and video here!

All finished: And so Yoda is complete, down to the smallest details of his little green head

Thanks Yoda, you are very wise!

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3D Printing Prompts a Quantum Leap for Stop Motion

Remember those old claymation and stop motion shows we used to watch as kids like Gumby and Celebrity Death Match? It used to take producers an entire day to create seven minutes of usable footage. In the old days of stop motion it was very challenging to keep the shot from looking “shaky” due to the models falling (lack of base weight) or from handling the clay too much. Today, 3D printing makes similar problem non-existent. The creators of the new animated film “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” utilized 3D printing technology to create the expressions of the characters. Imagine printing over 8,000 mouths to bring various characters to life! It is definitely remains a long process, just without the traditional headaches.

Check out the full article here! 

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Pixar Brings Our Favorite Cartoon Characters into Real Life

Ever wonder what Buzz Lightyear of Star Command would look like in real life? Pixar Studios has been using Z Corp 3D printing technology to bring our favorite cartoon characters into our world! The detail and color that the Z Corp machines are able to produce capture all of the characters expressions that we see on screen. These characters are no longer confined to cyber space and are now being released in the real world.

Check out the full article HERE!

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Tony Stark uses 3D Printing for Iron Man Suit

We all know Iron Man has the latest and greatest gadgets. A look behind the scenes shows that “Genius, Billionare, Playboy, Philanthropist” Tony Stark.. I mean, Iron Man 2 producers.. used 3D Printing to make his suit as real as possible for the Iron Man 2 Movie! This reduced cost, suit build lead time, and made it look as real as possible!

Check out the full article HERE!

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