3D Printing Industry reports on how the film Kubo and the Two Strings was made with the use of 3D printed objects. Laika Studios teamed up with Stratasys to 3D print various sets and characters that were used during the production of the film.
For example, the facial expressions of different characters were printed and swapped during multiple scenes. Kubo alone had thousands of mouth and brow motions, which totaled to around 23,000 different faces.
A 3D printed puppet "The Moon Beast" was also made using 881 different parts, and has the distinction of being the first fully 3d printed puppet.
Furthermore, 3D printing helped Laika Studio with the filmmaking process. The workflow was made more efficient because animators were able to switch objects, instead of having to shape clay.
3D Printing made Stop Motion Animation easier for the animators of Kubo and the Two Strings. The process is long and requires a ton of time and patience. A good amount of that time is spent manipulating clay. For this film, it was as easy as switching parts when they were needed and not having to worry about accidentally smudging or messing anything up.
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