3D printing is at the moment certainly one of animation’s unsung heroes. Stratasys is now shining a highlight on the expertise by sponsoring an exhibition highlighting the function of the expertise in LAIKA studios’ stop-motion animation movies.

The exhibition, on the Portland Artwork Museum in Oregon, is a retrospective of LAIKA studios use of 3D printing of their animation movies. These movies embrace Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and “Kubo and the Two Strings”.

The manufacturing firm’s director of Fast Prototyping, Brian McLean, received a Scientific and Engineering Oscar in 2016 for pioneering Fast Prototyping in character animation.

The Stratasys j750. Photo by Michael Petch.
A Stratasys J750, utilized in by LAIKA to create animation prototypes. Picture by Michael Petch.


3D printing and cease movement

LAIKA studios makes use of Stratasys Connex3 and Stratasys J750 full-color, multi-material 3D printers to repeatedly create, modify, and re-model useful prototypes and characters.

Wealthy Garrity, President of Americas at Stratasys was pleased with the number of industries during which the Stratasys’ machines have been used, stating that “the studio capitalizes on 3D printing for unprecedented design freedom, streamlined growth processes, and creation of essentially the most distinctive, customized characters”.

“LAIKA’s superior use of our 3D printing expertise shouldn’t be solely breaking new obstacles in film-making, however increasing what’s now doable throughout 3D printing normally to encourage use throughout a various vary of companies.”

Commenting on the significance of 3D printing in animation, Brian McLean stated that “by harnessing the ability of 3D printers, we’re in a position to create feelings and delicate facial performances by no means earlier than seen in stop-motion animation.”

Whereas the speedy turnover and degree of element of the Stratasys machines is important, crucial software for an animator is the power to create a mannequin in a single print with little or no want for ending within the type of portray, resin casting, sanding or re-assembly.

A Scene from Kubo and The Two Strings. Credit: LAIKA Studios/Focus Features
A Scene from Kubo and The Two Strings. Credit score: LAIKA Studios/Focus Options

The various faces of cease movement

LAIKA’s newest movie, Kubo and the Two Strings obtained an Oscar nomination for visible results, a lot of which have been prototyped utilizing Stratasys 3D printers

3D printing has introduced new animation capibilities to quite a lot of quite a lot of cease movement movie makers. London-based DBLG is pioneering new visualisations of 3D animation, whereas Protocube has produced a particular workflow for a number of stop-motion animation face-sets.

Animating Life: The Artwork, Science and Surprise of LAIKA” runs on the October 14, 2017 – Might 20, 2018

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Featured picture reveals a view contained in the LAIKA studios with 3D printed animation prototypes. Picture through LAIKA studios. 

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