Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects routinely uses an Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer to create the physical objects that power CG-animated movie magic. In fact, Legacy Effects uses 3D printed parts in all of its productions – ranging from simple proof-of-concept models to actual production-ready props.
“This is where knowledge of 3D printing comes in handy. It’s one thing to make a 3D printed part great looking and another to make the strongest possible 3D printed part,” the lead systems engineer told the official MakerBot blog. “The value to be able to prototype on a small scale is priceless. It allows us to make a physical piece out of a creative thought at any point.”
After meeting MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis at last year’s 3D Print Show in London, Jason said he decided to “take the plunge,” giving the MakerBot Replicator 2 a ten-day trial at Legacy Effects. Unsurprisingly, the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2 produced fast, high-quality builds that won Jason over in just two short days.
“People were amazed while I was handing over versions that were produced on the Replicator 2 within minutes,” he said.
Most recently, Jason used his MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers to produce test fittings on costumes for the upcoming “Captain America” sequel.
The lead systems engineer also noted that he was an active participant and educator in 3D printing communities, using the influx of new enthusiasts as motivation to “up his game.”
“Five years ago, I could not have the conversations that I do today. We haven’t [really] seen anything yet, in my opinion,” he added.