Written by Tess via 3ders.org
3D printing technology seems to be expanding its reach yet again, this time into the glamorous world of music and film award shows. During this past Sunday’s 58th Annual Grammy Awards, for instance, 3D printing helped to bring Lady Gaga’s David Bowie homage performance to life, and now the Academy Awards, more commonly known as The Oscars, have announced that they are using 3D printing technologies to revive and recreate the original Oscar statuettes from 1929.
You are undoubtedly familiar with the iconic gold man statuette, or “Oscar” that is given out to the winners of such sought after film categories as “Best Picture,” “Best Leading Actress,” and “Best Director.” Well, you might be surprised to know that its design and materials have changed in subtle ways since the Academy Awards’ first ceremony in 1929. Originally, the statuette, which was designed by sculptor George Stanley and based on a sketch by MGM’s art director at the time Cedric Gibbons, was made from gold-plated solid bronze. After just a few years however, the manufacturing process changed and up until this year the statuettes have for the most part been made from gold plated metal.