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Stop motion animated film ParaNorman taps 3D printers to create 31,000 unique facial features

It’s finally happened, the convergence of 3D films with 3D printing. Engadget.com reports that one look at the upcoming 3D stop motion film ParaNorman and it’s easy to see that moviegoers are in for some stunning visuals come August 17th. Once you realize the contribution of 3D printing to the film’s creation, however, you’re likely to appreciate the movie on an entirely new level. In order to portray a wide array of emotions on the faces of the film’s 62 characters, animation studio LAIKA tapped 3D Systems and their ZPrinter 650 to generate over 31,000 individual facial parts for inclusion in the production — talk about working overtime. According to Brian McLean of LAIKA, “By using a color 3D printer we were not only able to push facial performance to new levels, but we were also able to achieve a level of detail and subtlety in characters’ faces that a few short years ago would have seemed impossible.” If you’ve yet to catch a preview of ParaNorman, just hop the break to see some of the printed handiwork.

See the trailer at http://www.engadget.com/2012/08/08/paranorman-taps-3d-printing/

Stop motion animated film ParaNorman taps 3D printers to create 31,000 unique facial features