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The use of 3D Printing in movies!
Be it Wilson the Volleyball from Cast Away, the gold watch from Pulp Fiction, or Indie’s
bullwhip from Raiders of the Lost Arc, movie props are the secret ingredients that bring the
stories to life. Have you ever wondered how creative studios make props for movies? This
article will reveal some behind-the- scenes secrets. Directors of celebrated films are using 3D
printing to expedite the making and release of their films.
When Director Jon Favreau was making the hit film “Iron Man 2” in 2010, he needed to put
together a physical Iron Man suit for certain scenes in the movie. Instead of getting it built
by hand, as is the practice in Hollywood; the director took to 3D printing. Robert Downey Jr.
can be seen wearing a 3D printed suit in some of the film’s scenes. 3D printing technology
was also used in one of the late Harry Potter films where the producers needed a smaller
vision of the giant spider that they had created. This is when a 3D printer was used to
replicate it. You can see this spider on Ron’s head in one of the scenes.
3D printing has previously been used in a commercial for Halo TV where a high detailed suit was thrown on the silver screen. Guardians of the Galaxy is another world-renowned movie which boasts of
the usage of 3D printing technology in the film. 3D printers were used to create the costume
of Korath the Pursuer and were also used to create the dark lord helmet. An Oscar
nominated animated feature film called “Anomalisa” used 3D printing technology to create
interchangeable faces and expressions for the puppets used in their stop-motion animation.
3D printing can be used to create a myriad of characters and sets in movies. 3D printing has
played an important role in the recent Marvel blockbusters determining the way costumes
and props must be designed for Hollywood’s most memorable movies and characters. 3D
printing is not just confined to costumes; even the weapons used in Men in Black 3 were 3D
printed. In the war based movie, Zero Dark Thirty, the night vision goggles desired by the
directors were too expensive. Therefore, 3D printing technology was utilised to make
efficient and affordable goggles for the movie.
3D printing is thus transforming the film industry in a manner that no other technology has
done so far. 3D printing is being used to create everything from costumes to props and sets.
This technology is used to design concepts within 24 hours. Speed, precision, low
cost, scalability and fine detailing are some of the advantages of 3D printing technology
used in the movie industry. Filmmaking is a business where each and every costume and
prop that is required is quite extraordinary. In such a scenario, if finely detailed products
and services are rendered in less time and at lower cost through 3D printing, such a
technology is a boon for the film fraternity. It might not be long before directors across the
world start to call “Lights! Camera! Action!” on 3D printing technology.