Sci-Fi has captured legions of fans worldwide, all seeking the answer to a simple question: How far will the human imagination take us? Popular science fiction has explored deep space, alternate worlds and species, and wildly creative futures.
But who brings these sci-fi worlds to life? In the case of television, movies and video games, visual effects are produced by expert “shops” such as Legacy Effects and FBFX Ltd. 3D printing helps bring designs for props, makeup or costume pieces from computer screen to a realistic 3D model in just a few hours – compared to days using traditional model building methods. In shops that have multiple 3D printers, different designers can prototype their ideas simultaneously and in precise detail!
Using Stratasys 3D Printers (both PolyJet and FDM technologies) has been a part of Los Angeles-based Legacy Effects’ creative design process for several years. Legacy Effects, under the stewardship of lead systems engineer Jason Lopes, has had a hand in video games like Halo, the Wired Robot from Comic-Con, and movies such as Jurassic Park, Avatar, the Iron Man series and this summer’s blockbuster Pacific Rim. Over in London, FBFX Ltd. used a Stratasys Objet30 Pro 3D Printer to create custom costume pieces for the hit science fiction film Prometheus.
See It At SIGGRAPH 2013!
One of the premier professional gatherings for graphics experts who use computer animation and emerging technologies in entertainment is the SIGGRAPH conference. SIGGRAPH 2013 is taking place in Anaheim, California, July 21-25. Stratasys is excited to be part of the exhibition July 23-25 (booth 451). Our technology will also be present at the “Studio,” where SIGGRAPH conference attendees will be able to use top-flight tech to design and create 3D Printed models on-site!
What awaits us in the future? Whatever these creative minds can dream up next! From lost worlds to alien universes, 3D printing helps make the magic happen.