Artist makes beautiful 3D printed zoetrope

A truly incredible and mesmerizing use of 3D printing! is reporting about a zoetrope which was created by modeling people’s walking movements, turning them into a 3D axis and then 3D printing the resulting model. Usually a strobe light is needed to give the illusion of movement, but Akinori uses a thin slice of light to bring the figure to life. Zoetropes are thought to have been used for over 5000 years, but the basic drum like form of the zoetrope was created in 1833. They are often used for pre-animation in films. 3D model versions have been used for Studio Ghibli projects as well as Toy Story. By looking through the slits in the drum, you can see the animation. The faster the drum spins, the smoother the image.

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