A little while ago I was asked if I wanted to produce a few 3D printed items to be used in a local film production. A movie centred on a Nazi-era naval boat, or something of that ilk. I didn’t read the script!
The production company supplied some 3D models. I went ahead and printed 3 x ladders, many ship funnels and a spotlight.
The times involved to print was fairly significant, taking a good part of a week to produce 4 print bed-worth of material. Printed using HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene).
I was then asked for some oil barrels, shipping containers, crates, Jerry-cans things like that. Things to scatter about the deck of their large-scale model ship.
So I got to work sourcing some 3D CGI models. Rather than build from scratch I searched on-line and found quite a number of suitable models with permissive licenses.
With 4 print beds-worth this once again took about a week to print. To give an idea of scale; in the illustrations the print bed is represented by the blue square at the base of the models, it is 30 cm square.
Delivered; they applied a little paint and the results looked pretty good.
A small part for a much larger project admittedly but it was interesting. The time taken to produce the elements with a printer was significant; I’m confident time will see the printers become more efficient but for now; if you want high quality, bespoke, solid elements manufactured on demand the demand must come with anticipation of time.
As for the model ship: they blew it up!