Artists bring an animation to life with 3D printing


A group of designers have animated an adventure of 100 frames and froze it into a 3D-printed installation. 


Nearly 20 years agoToy Story became the first-ever feature-length, computer-animated film. Produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, the movie followed a group of anthropomorphic toys who pretend to be lifeless whenever humans are present, and focuses on the relationship between a pull string cowboy doll and an astronaut action figure. After after seeing a mesmerizing installation from Dutch design studio Job, Joris & Marieke, and given recent advancements in additive manufacturing, we couldn’t help but wonder when the first 3D-printed animated flick will hit theaters?

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Using just an Ultimaker 2 printer along with some glue and string, the Netherlands-based artist trio created a brief loop as part of an entirely 3D-printed sequence. The artists then took the digitally animated short that they had on video and showed what every frame would look like using actual figures, packing all 100 frames into a mise-en-scène.

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At a glance, viewers can see a character emerge from a piece of paper and run over a table inside a room that resembles the Job, Joris & Marieke studio. He proceeds to push a bouncing ball off the tabletop along with shattering a cup, not long before he eventually jumps into a preserving jar on a shelf. Each of these were reproduced in PVC.

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“The whole animation is made in CGI, and we used a 3D printer to print each frame. The result is a weird string of characters in different poses. This explains the principles of animation beautifully, without a single bit actually moving. It is a static installation: a frozen movement. If you look closely, you can figure out what happened on that table,” its creators explain. “No one knows why he’s in such a rush. All we know is that he doesn’t want to be recognized…”

The aptly-dubbed piece, FREEZE! An Adventure in 100 Frames,” will be on display at Amersfoort’s Kunsthal Museum as part of the MOVE ON…! exhibition, which debuts on March 29th and runs through May 10th.

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