The 3D Printing Process Meets Hollywood: Top Five Movies

The 3d printing process is transforming the way movies are made – the invention of 3d printers has significantly increased the turnaround time of costumes and props. Read on to discover the top 5 movies that have used the 3d printing process to their advantage!

1) Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets 

For arguably one of the best films of the entire series, Creative Character Engineering 3D printed Aragog, Hagrid’s pet spider. The company then had to 3D print a smaller replica of the spider – remember this incredibly creepy scene which saw what appeared to be thousands of spiders attacking Harry and Ron? We also think this 3d printed snitch replica is very cool!

2) Iron Man 2

Remember Robert Downey Junior’s serious looking gloves in the second installment of the Iron Man movies? Yep, they were 3D printed!

After the artists drew up the concepts, the film production company Legacy Effects 3D printed a number of objects in a very short space of time. You can see footage of the gloves being printed here.

3) Guardians of the Galaxy 

FBFX Limited 3D printed some of the parts for the Star-Lord helmet, including a 3D printed interior and some of the exterior detailing. Director of Costume and Props at FBFX Limited, Grant Pearmain, believes that turnaround time has been utterly transformed. With one party providing the digital file and another printing the design, he believes that bringing together teams from different countries benefits everyone involved, describing this new development as process-enhancing.

4) Robocop

Stratasys and Legacy Effects, the company involved in making the Iron Man gloves described above, merged to make Robocop’s suit in the 2014 remake. As well as 3D printing the red and silver visor, Stratasys 3d printed the chest armour . 3D printing is said to have made the whole process more effective as the ability to print several times and in different ways from the same file encourages symmetry and a faster turnaround time. Making all the parts by hand now seems inconceivable!

 5) Thor

Chris Hemsworth plays the god Thor, who is associated with thunder and strength. He wields a 3D printed hammer made by Propshop, based in Pinewood Studios, England. You can find out more information here.

Can you think of any other movies that have utilized the 3d printing process behind the scenes? Let us know in the comments.