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Laika Studios and 3D Printing

by • August 2, 2016 • No Comments

As part of the Autodesk Vision series at SIGGRAPH 2016, Michael Laubach gave a presentation on how animation studio Laika utilized
3D printing to turn it into the stunningly detailed facial animations for the next showcase movie
Kubo and the Two Strings.


Applying machines such as the Z650 (Full Color Sandstone) and the new Connex Color Printer of Stratasys, Laubach explained how his team combines art and engineering. Focusing on at any timey of the characters faces, the team turn it intos and animates a massive range (over a million combinations!) of facial emotions by separating the showcases of the face into parts and manufacturing the frames into separate, interchangeable pieces. The parts are and so printed and and so handed over to the stop motion team to put on the character and move in the frame.

It is amazing to see how 3D printing is being utilized
by the movie
industry to revive styles like stop-motion animation. Have you at any time utilized
3D printing for a movie
? Tell us of it in the comments at a lower place!

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