Nov 14, 2011

Legacy Effects used Objet 3D Printer in the Creation of 'Real Steel' – Latest Hugh Jackman Action Film

Objet 3D Printers used to Create Robot 'Atom' Concept Model to 1/5th Scale.

Released this October, Real Steel is an American science fiction action film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based on the premise that by 2020 the sport of boxing is no longer played by humans, but robots.

To make the robots as real as possible for the film, Legacy Effects used an Objet 3D printer to produce the 1/5th scale models. Once built, hand-painted, lit, and approved, the full scale Atom, Noisy Boy, and Ambush robots went into production. Motion capture technology was used to depict the fights on camera, mixed with the full scale animatronic robots.

Legacy Effects’ Senior Systems Engineer, Jason Lopes says of the Objet 3D printer, “Being able to print high resolution models on the 3D printer allowed Legacy's designers to go from concept, to final design and into full size production in the shortest possible time.”

(Image – ‘Atom’ final concept model, printed with Objet 3D printer, assembled and painted)

Legacy Effects uses Objet’s 3D printers to create a range of scale models and even functional custom parts that have been used in films such as Jurassic Park 3, Iron Man 2 and Avatar. Objet’s 3D printers have also proven instrumental in producing stop-motion animations films, such as Coraline.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to be working with customers such as Legacy Effects and to see our 3D printers helping to produce the very latest effects for some of the most popular Hollywood blockbusters,” said Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President at Objet. “The accuracy, material versatility and surface quality of Objet’s 3D printers allow artists to capture all the nuances and fine details of their ideas and transform them into 3D models that look fully believable under the camera’s lens.”

3D printing represents an important factor in the film industry today, where special effects and technical enhancements often come at the cost of increasing time delays. Using 3D printing allows studios to save on reshoots, editing and post production – enabling a faster time-to-market and lower overall costs.