Jason Lopes says Carbon3D will allow Legacy Effects to focus on art.
Hollywood special effects company Legacy Effects is using Carbon3D CLIP 3D printing technology for the upcoming Terminator Genisys film.
Inspired by the image of the famous Terminator 2 scene of the T-1000 growing out of a liquid pool into a fully formed object, Carbon3D’s CLIP technology broke onto the 3D printing scene earlier this year with talk of impressive print speeds 25-100 times faster than current technologies.
Now that inspiration has been reciprocated as the Hollywood studio behind special effects in blockbusters like Iron Man, RoboCop and most recently Jurassic World, are set to put CLIP to the test in the latest Terminator movie.
Carbon 3D traditionally uses Stratasys 3D printing technology to produce its 3D creations but added CLIP to its toolbox upon a meeting at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group conference where Lead Systems Engineer Jason Lopes came into contact with the process and later joined Carbon3D’s early access program.
The Hollywood studio has produced 3D printed parts for movies including Marvel's Iron Man series.
“In this industry, you want to believe everything you hear, but you have to pull back and ask more questions,” Lopes commented on the Carbon3D blog. “What really attracted me even more to working with Carbon3D were the questions they asked about me and my work flow-they really cared about solving our problems.”
Since working with Carbon3D, Legacy Effects notes the improved quality and speed of their projects along with increased accuracy, wide material and colour variety and the durability of materials. In just one day, the studio can produce three of four prototypes for a detailed figure which can then be selected for final printing the following day. The studio are hoping to now use the technology to go back to ideas they previously thought impossible with current technology.
Lopes added: “CLIP allows us to do what we do best: focus on art. I can let my creative hands work where they deserve to be creatively. That’s huge. I’d rather use my talent in areas where they’re off exploring rather than going back and cleaning up prototypes.”