Iron Man 2 Via 3-D Printing

Posted on May 11, 2010  Comments (2)

Ever since I first heard of 3-D printing I have though it was very cool. Well first I thought it was science fiction, not real, but a cool idea. Then when I found out it was real I thought it was very cool. Not only is it cool, it is practical. Iron Man 2’s Secret Sauce: 3-D Printing

Maybe the most cutting-edge facet of Iron Man 2’s production was the real-life fabrication of the suits. Using 3-D printers, the film’s production company, Legacy Effects, was able to have artists draw an art concept–and then physically make that concept in just four hours.

In addition to speed, the benefit is that you can print out costumes custom fitted to the actors, down to the millimeter. And with custom-fitted suits, Robert Downey, Jr. and Mickey Rourke can put a lot more action into their fight scenes, without the wonky effect of layering on too much CGI. (Downey complained that the original Iron Man suits, which were made more traditionally, were too clunky to act in, and extremely uncomfortable.)

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2 Responses to “Iron Man 2 Via 3-D Printing”

  1. mido
    May 14th, 2010 @ 4:50 am

    so , the suits were made using a 3D priinter , this is realy an evolution , i think that some day we will be able to buy and download so stuff design for a exemple an art object like a statue and then print it with the 3D printer. i hope we can print real pizza 😀

  2. David Bennett
    May 15th, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    I saw an exhibition of 3-D printing and designing a couple of years ago in London and then a similar exhibition in Israel.

    Using the system, a designer would design a 3-D object on-screen that could be as complicated internally as he wanted it to be. There can be all kinds of hollows and cavities that would normally be impossible to translate into a 3-D object because it would be impossible to make a pattern from which to form a mould or even to cut out the shape.

    With the 3-D system, the computer ‘sliced’ the model and then printed sheets of the final product with a ‘photocopier’ that could work with various materials. Then the sheets would be fused together.

    They had done it with plastic of course, but also with a kind of fused particles of stone and of metal.

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