Aardman has a deserved reputation as a world leader in model animation. For their latest feature film, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Aarman chose the EnvisionTEC Perfactory Standard machine for 3D Printing of more than 7,000 parts for the models.
Each character from the film is made first as a hand-sculpted puppet. The head is then 3D scanned and imported as a CAD file. The mouths needed to be interchangeable to fit the heads. With the help of 3D printing the mouths and heads were 3D printed and produced on time and within budget.
It is estimated there are 20,000 mouth 3D-printed for the characters in the Pirates!. Envisiontec UK supplied Aardman with four Perfactory Standard machines, all set to produce the mouths within 30 micron accuracy running the E-shell range of materials. The 3D printers runs 24/7 and produce hundreds of pieces every day.
Aardman started work in 2009 manufacturing heads with interchangeable mouths for all the main characters and they also used 3D printing for making prototypes for maquettes.
Photo credit: Nick Wilson
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