When 3d prints become alive
3d printing is useful and fun. We make tools, spare parts, figures, even toys! But after we’re done printing them, they are just standing lifeless. Or aren’t they? We’ve collected a few astonishing examples of using 3d prints in stop-motion animation.
Back then in 2002 when Chicken Run was being made by Aardman Animations the creators had to shape and mold every single facial expression of every character, so they could be swapped from frame to frame. Nowadays at Laika Entertainment they pre-animate these faces on computer, then print them out. Convenient and extremely precise!
Designing a whole character and printing it out as a poseable figure, then animating it, is also a neat way to take advantage of 3d printing in stop-motion animation. German character designer Hauke Scheer made a pretty cool animated short to show off the abilities of his poseable action figure-like characters.
And for last; there are some artist that simply prints out every single frame of their movies and shoot it frame-by-frame back into an animation. This might sound somewhat superfluous at first, but the results are simply amazing.
For example, here is a bear, climbing stairs by animation studio DBLG.
And they even dance in their new video!
If that isn’t enough, you should check out Chase Me by Gilles Deschaud; An animated short entirely 3d printed. Characters, scenery, everything!
See the trailer here!