19 Apr '13, 2pm

3-D Printing Movie Props: CGI isn’t the only tech on the digital frontier of special effects

3-D Printing Movie Props: CGI isn’t the only tech on the digital frontier of special effects

Photo: Marvel Printed Props: Complex physical objects in movies, such as the exo-skeleton armor worn by superhero Iron Man, are increasingly produced using 3-D printing. Movie studios spend more than US $100 million every year on computer-generated special effects, according to the Los Angeles Times . But despite this influx of money, the CGI industry is in deep financial trouble, with 12 special effects houses closing or declaring themselves bankrupt in the past five years. Even an Oscar can't stop the wolves from howling: Top Hollywood effects shop Rhythm & Hues filed for Chapter 11 protection in February, the same month it collected an Academy Award for its work on the movie Life of Pi . Effects houses are being squeezed because competition is so intense. Hundreds of universities around the world now pump out students who are up to speed on top CGI software—the kind of ...

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