The Use of 3D Printing in the Film Industry

The film industry is always evolving and trying new things; that’s how they continue to convince us to keep going to the movies in spite of all of our home entertainment options. Let’s face it, some things just have to be experienced on the big screen. Without the use of new and innovative technology, the motion picture industry would probably lose the battle against all of those competing options. Fortunately, new technologies like 3D printing can bring realism to a film that you just don’t quite capture on your home flat screen. We have our reasons for being strong backers of the use of 3D printing technology in film, and you’ll find those below.

Better Prop Design

3D printing takes a lot of the human error out of prop design, and that makes the props a lot more realistic. If you’ve ever watched one of the Godzilla movies, you’re probably aware of how bad their prop designs were. There wasn’t much chance you’d mistake one of these movies for something real, although they still had their charm. 3D printing technology allows movie makers to bring their creations to life in vivid detail, making us believe that Godzilla could actually be stalking through the streets of New York. Probably best to stay inside and lock your doors!

Think Ironman

Do you remember how real the costume designs looked in the Ironman movies? The close up of the gloves in various scenes was quite impressive and you had the feeling this was a suit we could actually make if we just put a little thought into it. Did you think these were created using CGI? Nope. These were created using 3D printers, and the end results were definitely impressive. There are a lot of kids out there that look up to Ironman as a hero because of 3D technology.

A Money Saving Technique

Another key reason that we think 3D printing technology has a big future in the movie-making industry is because of the potential cost savings. 3D printers aren’t cheap by any means, but movie studios don’t have to purchase a new one every time they make a film. In the long run, they’re a lot cheaper than using software to create computer generated images and, potentially, a lot less time consuming. I’ve a sneaking suspicion this is a technology that will be enhancing our movie-going experience for some time to come.