Thursday, 11. April 2019 - 10:00
Pressemeldung

High-precision 3D printing brings stop-motion characters to life

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Mr. Link’s different faces and emotions were 3D-printed with the patented Cuttlefish technology of Fraunhofer IGD.

In stop-motion animation, each scene is created by carefully setting up elaborate physical models and minimally manipulating them between frames. Photographs are taken after each of these changes – enabling the individual frames to be combined to form a complete motion picture. Playing the series of still images in rapid sequence creates the illusion of movement. 24 frames in combination translate into approximately one second of film. To animate the characters’ facial expressions in Missing Link, LAIKA used a number of Stratasys J750 3D printers, in conjunction with the Cuttlefish 3D-printer driver, to create 106,000 highly detailed color 3D faces. Brian McLean, who was nominated for an Academy Award® for Visual Effects for LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings, is LAIKA’s Director of Rapid Prototype. He has extensive experience in deploying 3D printing for stop-motion animation, and in 2016 received a Scientific and Engineering Oscar® plaque for his pioneering work. “We have used 3D printers for our stop-motion movies since Coraline, LAIKA’s first film, says McLean. “For our current production Missing Link, we leveraged Fraunhofer IGD technologies because they are unrivalled in terms of color consistency and geometric accuracy. The combination of Cuttlefish software and Stratasys J750 hardware has allowed us to produce the most sophisticated colored 3D prints ever.”