So I have always wanted my very own iron man suit since the days of elementary school, where I would wake up early to watch superhero Saturday morning cartoons. But the ironman suit I always wanted may become an actual attainable reality. Granted I had an ObJet 3D printer. Back In 2010 when Director Jon Favreau was gearing up to create Iron Man 2. The studio and Favreau needed a quick and efficient way to put together a physical representation of the iron man suit. A physical model that can be viewed and critiqued for certain scenes within the movie that couldn’t be computer generated.
In the past before Objet, building models was a long and physical practice as most had to be built by hand. However 3D printing saves time and is increasingly being adopted on live-action films with heavy special effects. So I guess one can assume that the upcoming Avengers movie will feature 3D printed suits. Nevertheless the new technology saves time by advancing through the process of getting approvals on each new round of work as they create complex costumes or suits for their producer clients.
“When Legacy Effects is working on a suit for a client with an effects-heavy film, it’s necessary to take concept art provided by the producers and, step-by-step, turn that art into full-scale models.”
CGI scenes are usually based on an extensive database of 3D models, so it would make be beneficially if the source of the CGI was as accurate to the artistic vision as possible. Nevertheless if one was to have enough money, one can acquire a design team with an Objet 3D printer to have your own personal and custom ironman suit built.
Although not all 3D printers are capable of printing fine details, as most low end versions produces telltale layer lines on its prints that expose the prints creation process. Objet machines that were used on Iron man produce models with a layer thickness of 16 microns, the width of one-third of a human hair. Objet is known to have the highest precision in the industry. However the learning curve in operating these machines are fairly small. 3D expert Scott Summit who teaches at Stanford and Singularity University recognizes that “you don’t have to have a degree in 3D modeling anyone to get fairly compelling results.”