Traditionally, props were modeled and built by hand, a very time-consuming process that is well known to many Cosplay enthusiasts. With a 3D printer, there is an easy and efficient way to create complex designs for costumes and props. It’s
simple, quick, cost-saving, very flexible, and creates amazing, detailed results. When we hear of technology changing the film industry it’s usually on the consumer side. This time it’s on the production side. 3D printing is a new (ish) technology that is growing in almost every industry. But what does it mean for film production? 3D printing is revolutionizing! One major way is the way props are made. It allows very detailed print and finish and is efficient, customizable.
One major prop production company, Propshop, has already accumulated a large CV with their 3D modeled and printed film props. The technology does not just stop at props. With 3D printing, they also work on set pieces, vehicles, creatures, costumes, exhibitions, and retail merchandise. In only the last year, they’ve worked on high-profile movies such as Star Wars: Episode VIII, Spectre, The Martian, The Jungle Book, Zoolander 2, and many more. Some of their notable props include Thor’s hammer, Zero Dark Thirty masks, and multiple props from Skyfall.
What do you think about the new 3D printing technology and where would you like to see it applied?