3-D Printers for Puppets?

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4 years 4 months ago #435 by animateclay
If anyone is my friend on Facebook, you'll know I really like 3-D printers. I'm curious what the community here thinks about them. It seems like there are so many possibilities to use them for. From armatures, props, set pieces, puppet faces, robotic characters etc. Almost anything you can think of.

Check out this fluid stop motion made with replacement puppets. It's all 3-D printed:



Here's some info about it: 3d Bear Stop Motion
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4 years 4 months ago #437 by ElBerto
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Wow, very cool video. I like the idea to use 3D printer for set pieces and props, also for model making (for example cars, ships airplanes etc.). Alltough i could'nt get my hands on one yet to try it out. But i think there are some great possibilities with 3D printer :woohoo:

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4 years 3 months ago #476 by Erick Horton
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Very smooth and impressive.

Question. Would it be more cost effective to print out puppet parts which could be assembled into a complete character and then posed (Harryhausen ) than to print out replacement models (Pal)?

I ask this in the most theoretical way possible since I have little stop motion experience and no 3D printer experience.

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4 years 3 months ago #477 by animateclay
Hi Eric, yes it is cheaper to print out puppets in the Pal style than to traditionally do it. They used to carve each replacement body out of wood. Wah Chang made it easier by casting bodies in wax for re-posing. Easier still is printing a computer model and eliminating molds all together. So in a way - yes printing is better, but some people would disagree because it loses the human touch B)

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4 years 1 week ago #546 by kungfudork
I just recently picked up a 3D printer and plan to make puppet parts. I'm just now finding time to mess with it, but I'll be sure to post my results. Here are my goals:
-Print simple shape puppet heads with eye sockets and ability to put a magnet behind the jaw
-Print molds for arms with hands, cast using cold foam over wire wrapped with foam
-Print replacement hands for Robot Chicken style puppets

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4 years 1 week ago #547 by animateclay
Really cool Dieter, what kind of printer was it that you bought?

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