Set Pieces

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.

Ships funnels

Ships funnels

Ladder

Ladder

Some printed components

Some printed components

1st batch of delivered components

1st batch of delivered components

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.

Barrels and ammo crates

Barrels and ammo crates

Ammo crates and A barrel

Ammo crates and A barrel

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.

Crate

Crate

Jerry-cans

Jerry-cans

Barrel

Barrel

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!