Archives for the category: 3D printing used in Films

August 21, 2013

Disney using 3D printing to create expressive (but not creepy) eyes for robots

If you give robots eyes that are similar to a humanís, but not quite similar enough, it freaks people out. Itís called the uncanny valley, and it informs how robots are designed. New 3D printed eyes from Disney let robots express emotion while still having a cutesy cartoonish look that stays far away from the uncanny valley. GigaOM reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe eyes, called Papillon, are made of a translucent dome of white plastic that covers a bundle of optical-fiber-like structures called light pipes. All of the components are 3D printed, which is highly unusual for parts that resemble optical fibers. It also makes the parts cheaper.

Each of the pipes delivers a point of light that creates the robotís irises. They can shift size and color to display feeling or a shape, such as a heart. The resulting eyes are lower resolution than a Furbyís, but more friendly.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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January 2, 2013

Hollywood takes to 3D printing in a big way

In the above video, Jason Lopes, Systems Engineer for Legacy Effects explains how 3D printing is used to design and create the characters and creatures used in some of the most popular blockbuster films and animations of recent years including Avatar, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, John Carter, Terminator, the Halo game and many more.

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November 14, 2012

How 3D printed cars were created to spare the priceless original while filming Skyfall

skyfall-301.jpeg If you thought producers spent millions on James Bondís Aston Martin DB5, which was put through a series of huge explosions and stunts during the filming of Skyfall, including one scene where the priceless vehicle exploded in flames Ė think again. Zee News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThree replicas of the classic car were created using a large scale 3D printer for the filming of the latest installment from the spy series.

The models double for the now priceless original vehicle from the 1960s in the filmís action scenes.

According to The Daily mail, the models were made by UK Propshop Modelmakers Ltd, which specialise in the production of film props.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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