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.

Watch these artists 3D print animation into reality

Engadget is reporting on a group of Dutch 3d animators that literally printed out every frame of a short film in with a 3d printer and made it into an exhibit.

From the site:

Why 3D print a computer animation? ‘Art’ is a good enough reason for us, and that’s exactly what drove Dutch artists to put a hundred frames into a single mind-bending installation. Using an Ultimaker 2 3D printer and liberal amounts of glue and string, artists Job, Joris and Marieke squeezed all the cells from a short animation (below) into a single mise-en-scene. At a glance, you can see the fate of the teal-hued hero as he vaults off a cup and into a vase, with each detail (including a bouncing ball and shattered cup) faithfully reproduced in PVC. If you want to feel like you’re inside a computer where time has lost all meaning, it’ll be exhibited at Amersfoort’s Kunsthal museum on March 29th.