3D Printing in Video Production

From medical prosthesis, to the tools used in space, to products we use everyday here on earth, 3D printing is set to revolutionize the way we create, and video production has not been left out. 

Production design, prototyping, and model making has, until now, been a long, painstaking process of carving models out of clay, turning them into a mold, casting in a harder material like silicone or plastic, and then painting in all the details. This process can take weeks or even months, and each mistake means going backwards, or sometimes starting over. 

Adam Savage, of MythBusters, explains the process of traditional model making using some of the pieces he made for Star Wars: Episode I.

With 3D printing, everything is created on a computer and the design is perfected before any piece of physical media is brought into play. This allows for quick production of props, like the night-vision goggles from Zero Dark Thirty, to the creation of entire sets and characters in Chase Me.

3D printed night-vision goggles used in Zero Dark Thirty

3D printed night-vision goggles used in Zero Dark Thirty

In the stop motion film Chase Me, sets and characters were all 3D printed.

In the stop motion film Chase Me, sets and characters were all 3D printed.

Video and film production can be sped up and costs will be brought down with the help of design software and 3D printers. This follows a trend of lower cost video production technology and aids in the democratization of the film industry.

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