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Friday 30th July 2021 06:28 AM

Fraunhofer 3D-Printing Technology Animation Studio LAIKA


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LAIKA's new stop-motion movie Missing Link features models made using Fraunhofer IGD's Cuttlefish 3D-printer driver. Film fans can see the results for themselves in cinemas.

 

LAIKA's newest animated film Missing Link will be issued on April 12th, with theatrical release in Germany to follow in late May. The movie is the animation studio's fifth stop-motion feature, and the first to make use of the Cuttlefish 3D-printer driver designed by Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. Using this technology, LAIKA has printed a myriad of models, including subtle changes in facial expression for each individual character. The greatest challenge is making sure that the colors of each model seamlessly meet the ones used in earlier frames. With this in mind, LAIKA chose Fraunhofer's patented Cuttlefish technology due to its outstanding color consistency.

 

High-precision 3D printing brings stop-motion characters to life

In stop-motion animation, each scene is created by cautiously setting up elaborate physical models and minimally manipulating them between frames. Photographs are taken after each of these changes - enabling the individual frames to be mixed to form a full motion picture. Playing the series of still images in quick sequence brings the illusion of movement. 24 frames in combination translate into around one second of film. To animate the characters' facial expressions in Missing Link, LAIKA used a number of Stratasys J750 3D printers, in association with the Cuttlefish 3D-printer driver, to create 106,000 highly thorough color 3D faces. Brian McLean, who was selected for an Academy Award® for Visual Effects for Kubo and the Two Strings, is LAIKA's Director of Rapid Prototype. He has extensive experience in deploying 3D printing for stop-motion animation, and in 2016 achieved a Scientific and Engineering Oscar® plaque for his pioneering work. "We have used 3D printers for our stop-motion movies since Coraline, LAIKA's first film", says McLean. "For our existing production Missing Link, we leveraged Fraunhofer IGD technologies because they are unrivalled in terms of color consistency and geometric quality. The combination of Cuttlefish software and Stratasys J750 hardware has granted us to produce the most advanced colored 3D prints ever."

 

Cuttlefish enables precise 3D printing of tinted translucent objects

Cuttlefish is a voxel-based universal printer driver, meaning it can be integrated for diverse 3D output devices. The driver makes it possible to work simultaneously with many printing materials. It also enables high fidelity reproduction of the shapes, colors and subtle color transitions of the original, and allows objects to be simulated on screen prior to printing. In addition, it is now possible to print translucent, i.e., mostly to fully transparent, objects. Cuttlefish accounts for the dispersion of light through the object, and changes in hues and surface textures in accordance with incidental light. There are a variety of applications for high-fidelity 3D printing of this type, not just in the film business, but also in medicine, automotive engineering or cultural heritage, to name a few. The technology plays an increasingly significant role in the manufacture of prototypes, end-products and replicas. As 3D printer capabilities expand, such as a growing range of available materials, so do the challenges that software must over come. Correctly positioning the input material to duplicate geometric and visual attributes needs enormous amounts of data. Against this backdrop, Cuttlefish supports streaming, i.e. processing only the data currently required for printing, minimizing the amount of memory needed. Even highly complex and large 3D models are done to start printing in a matter of seconds.




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LAIKA's new stop-motion movie Missing Link features models made using Fraunhofer IGD's Cuttlefish 3D-printer driver. Film fans can see the results for themselves in cinemas.

 

LAIKA's newest animated film Missing Link will be issued on April 12th, with theatrical release in Germany to follow in late May. The movie is the animation studio's fifth stop-motion feature, and the first to make use of the Cuttlefish 3D-printer driver designed by Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD. Using this technology, LAIKA has printed a myriad of models, including subtle changes in facial expression for each individual character. The greatest challenge is making sure that the colors of each model seamlessly meet the ones used in earlier frames. With this in mind, LAIKA chose Fraunhofer's patented Cuttlefish technology due to its outstanding color consistency.

 

High-precision 3D printing brings stop-motion characters to life

In stop-motion animation, each scene is created by cautiously setting up elaborate physical models and minimally manipulating them between frames. Photographs are taken after each of these changes - enabling the individual frames to be mixed to form a full motion picture. Playing the series of still images in quick sequence brings the illusion of movement. 24 frames in combination translate into around one second of film. To animate the characters' facial expressions in Missing Link, LAIKA used a number of Stratasys J750 3D printers, in association with the Cuttlefish 3D-printer driver, to create 106,000 highly thorough color 3D faces. Brian McLean, who was selected for an Academy Award® for Visual Effects for Kubo and the Two Strings, is LAIKA's Director of Rapid Prototype. He has extensive experience in deploying 3D printing for stop-motion animation, and in 2016 achieved a Scientific and Engineering Oscar® plaque for his pioneering work. "We have used 3D printers for our stop-motion movies since Coraline, LAIKA's first film", says McLean. "For our existing production Missing Link, we leveraged Fraunhofer IGD technologies because they are unrivalled in terms of color consistency and geometric quality. The combination of Cuttlefish software and Stratasys J750 hardware has granted us to produce the most advanced colored 3D prints ever."

 

Cuttlefish enables precise 3D printing of tinted translucent objects

Cuttlefish is a voxel-based universal printer driver, meaning it can be integrated for diverse 3D output devices. The driver makes it possible to work simultaneously with many printing materials. It also enables high fidelity reproduction of the shapes, colors and subtle color transitions of the original, and allows objects to be simulated on screen prior to printing. In addition, it is now possible to print translucent, i.e., mostly to fully transparent, objects. Cuttlefish accounts for the dispersion of light through the object, and changes in hues and surface textures in accordance with incidental light. There are a variety of applications for high-fidelity 3D printing of this type, not just in the film business, but also in medicine, automotive engineering or cultural heritage, to name a few. The technology plays an increasingly significant role in the manufacture of prototypes, end-products and replicas. As 3D printer capabilities expand, such as a growing range of available materials, so do the challenges that software must over come. Correctly positioning the input material to duplicate geometric and visual attributes needs enormous amounts of data. Against this backdrop, Cuttlefish supports streaming, i.e. processing only the data currently required for printing, minimizing the amount of memory needed. Even highly complex and large 3D models are done to start printing in a matter of seconds.




This article is originally posted on manufacturingglobal.com

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