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Weta Workshop uses 3D printing for helmets, axes…

July 19, 2012 at 10:28 am by linuxelf  - 

In this One News report Richard Taylor, Pietro Marson and Rod Sheeny (Weta Workshop Animatronics) talk about how Weta Workshop is using 3D printers to make weapons and props for The Hobbit and the Lord of The Rings trilogy.

Animatronics engineer, Rod Sheehy, says that the printing technology is an advantage because it keeps costs down with the items made in-house, saving a lot of time and Taylor says that they’ve used the tech to make helmets, sword hilts and axes. Thanks to Ringer Marc for the heads-up!

Posted in Hobbit Movie, Lord of the Rings, LotR Movies, LotR Production, Miscellaneous, Production, Richard Taylor, The Hobbit on July 19, 2012 by Source: One News
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4 responses to “Weta Workshop uses 3D printing for helmets, axes…”

  1. Serai 1 says:

    *sigh* Yet another capitulation to fad-tech fakery. A franchise that prided itself on its hand-made meticulousness and fidelity ends up taking the easy route. My heart is breaking.

    Guess I’ll wait around to see it on DVD from Netflix, then. If Jackson can cut corners by doing everything in the computer, then I can save my money too.

  2. Serai 1 says:

    So why was my comment deleted? All I said was that I found this news sad and depressing, and I won’t be paying to see the movie. What, only opinions that agree with…somebody’s…are allowed here?

    If you’re going to have comments, then have the stones to admit comments that aren’t fannish gushing.

  3. agreenster says:

    I’m disappointed too, unfortunately. One of the (many) things I liked about LOTR was their obvious passion and love for old-fashioned milling and blacksmithing. Even though it all looks the same on screen, and I understand the cost aspect, I wish it wasn’t so.

  4. Icexist says:

    The trick is that they’re probably using the 3D printed parts as supplemental to the hero weapons. These are probably used for visual doubles so the actors aren’t carrying around a massive amount of weight with all the axes.

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