Miniature Film Sets Printed Using a 3D Printer

Miniature Film Sets Printed Using a 3D Printer

Film’s greatest moments recreated.

With many of high quality laser and Xerox printers for sale, DocX has your printer needs covered.  Because of this, we’d like to have a look at some great examples of printing in recent history.  This brings 3D printing to mind.


3D printers continue to dazzle us with their capabilities.  It seems as if there is absolutely nothing that they can’t do.  And, if the 3D models made for the Seattle International Film Festival a couple of years ago are anything to go by, it looks like the possibilities are endless.

The company in charge of the campaign attached to the festival decided to take it to the next level, and recreated some of film’s most recognisable scenes using only 3D printer technology.  Some of the scenes were as large as six feet by four feet long, and the printer used to print the models ran around the clock for an entire month.


The company said that it had to get creative in its planning and had to teach itself a host of new techniques when it came to designing and printing the models.  But, if you have seen the film clip arranged for the festival, you will surely agree that they pulled it off in style.  For those that have not seen the video, here are some of the iconic scenes which feature.


Dr Strangelove


The scene featuring Major ‘King’ Kong riding a bomb, rodeo style, towards the earth below is one of cinema’s all-time great scenes.  This has been recreated in amazing detail with 3D printing technology.


2001: A Space Odyssey


The second Stanley Kubrick film to feature in the list, after Dr Strangelove, is the space epic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.  This film broke boundaries regarding special effects in its time, and is still considered one of cinema’s greatest triumphs.  The panels in this scene were duplicated using moulds, but the rest was 3D printed.


Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back


The second film in the franchise to ever be released took viewers to new worlds in the universe, and continued to thrill fans with greater drama, scope, and wonder than the first film contained.  This is incredibly rare in a sequel.




Released just two years after the first Star Wars film, Alien shocked people by showing them the terror that existed in the cinematic universe.  From the egg nest (pictured above), the face-hugger, to the fully-formed, skeletal alien, this film showed people that Darth Vader was far from the scariest thing in space.


The Exorcist


While on the theme of horror, The Exorcist terrified people when it was first released (and has been ever since then).  While the horror of Alien seemed far from home, The Exorcist could happen on your street.  The strange circumstances surrounding the film have solidified it as one of horror’s all-time classics.


Fight Club


Fight Club became an instant classic the moment it first hit cinemas, and set the bar for surprise endings incredibly high.  Who can forget the closing scene of the film, as the nameless protagonist and Marla Singer stand hand-in-hand while buildings crumble around them to the haunting music of the Pixies.


The Hurt Locker


It takes a special film to beat Avatar to the Oscar, and The Hurt Locker is special indeed.  This tense and gritty opening sequence sets the stage for the film, which never loses its mounting suspense.


Kung Fu Panda


This lovable panda belongs among the greats of film because he showed children and adults alike that anything is possible if approached with the right amount of heart.


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