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3D Printing and Hollywood

April 16th, 2012 | By Glen Hiemstra | Posted in Media, Science & Tech | Comments Off

A few years ago I had the opportunity to work on several television projects, for producers like Steven Bochco, on shows that were to be set in the future. In providing technical advice, one thing I mentioned to prop and set designers was that rapid prototyping and 3D printing had advanced to such a state that it was possible to consider 3D printing companies for assistance in manufacturing props, then still made by hand. I did not get any interest at the time, but it appears that 3D printing has come to Hollywood.

Daniel Terdiman of Cnet describes how 3D printing was used in the movie Iron Man II, to produce props and costume parts like those seen below.

This glove, used in 'Iron Man 2,' was made using a 3D printer, and is part of a full-body suit used in some of the film's live-action scenes. (Credit: Objet on Cnet News)

3D printing is coming of age.

Glen Hiemstra is a futurist, author, speaker, consultant, Founder of Futurist.com, and founder and Curator of DoTheFuture.com. To arrange for a speech, workshop or consultation contact Futurist.com.