3D Printing Awards For The Ecuadorian Film Festival

July 13, 2015

By Michael Parker Via 3DPrint

This is the seventh year of the Ecuadorian Film Festival, which was started in Washington, D.C. to promote Ecuadorian film, culture and food, and its inaugural year in New York. The mission of the festival is to encourage tourism and filmmaking in a country known for its sweeping vistas and breathtaking beauty; from the high mountain peaks of the Andes, to the verdant rainforest of the Amazon and the shores of that spectacular gem called the Galapagos Islands.

When Christian Ponce, the director of Ecuadorian Film Festival (EFFNY), brought the festival to New York to celebrate the achievements of Ecuadorian filmmakers, he needed a special venue, so he chose Tribeca Cinemas, home of the famous Tribeca Film Festival. He also wanted to do something unique for the festival’s awards, so he enlisted the help of artists Robert Cicetti and Gabriela Trueba to interpret their 2D logo into a 3D model. Cicetti and Trueba were also tasked with 3D printing the design, and partly due to the budget requirements of the project chose to print in FDM. They used natural ABS, because they really love the raw nature of the material. As Trueba notes, “Both Robert and I are obsessed with the natural ABS aesthetic and we thought it would give it an ivory look. We feel that ABS is the most simple and subtle material. We didn’t want to try to make it look like a plastic injection molded piece, but we wanted something raw and bold.” Cicetti added, “Natural ABS is the perfect material for highlighting the 3D printing process and the 3D printed look.”

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