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3D Printing Meets...Hollywood?

From the Printware Blog on Monday 5th October 2015 in Printing Technology, 3D Printing, Fun Stuff, News,

When we hear about 3D printing, it is usually in relation to the medical, fashion or automobile industry, where new blueprints and a specialist team have had a ‘eureka’ moment. However, believe it or not, 3D printing and Hollywood go way back, and this technology has seen the success of many movies where CGI just wasn’t enough.

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Going back about five years, for example, the screens were preparing for the sequel to Iron Man, and from the production side, 3D printing played a relatively big role in making Iron Man 2 a huge hit. You see, during filming, it became apparent that there was a need for an actual suit for Robert Downey Jr. as CGI, in parts of the film, wasn’t a suitable option. So, instead of hand-building a human-sized Iron Man suit, 3D printing was enlisted as a main port of call and proved successful in its role.

After pieces of the suit were created, they would then be painted to match Iron Man’s iconic aesthetics, as depicted in the first instalment.

The team who worked on this sequel were Legacy Effects, who specialise in suit production and character design, as well as much more. In the past, they have contributed to features such as Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Alice in Wonderland, Life of Pi and The Hunger Games.

Of course, Iron Man 2 is just one of many examples of the use of 3D printing in Hollywood.

So, with yet another industry benefiting from all that 3D printing has to offer, are there any limitations to what this technology can do? Let us know in the comments below. Or, if you feel as though 3D printing could help your business reach new heights, see our collection of models, their capabilities and get in touch today to find out more about what Printware can do for you.

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