The Sci-Fi industry has decided that it wants to have a go at 3D printing. Recently, the Belgium Musseé Royal de Mariemont hired Viso Universal to complete a project for their exhibit From Stargate to Comics: The Egyptian Gods in the Geek Culture. The project consisted of making a life size, 3D printed Stargate replica. From start to finish, the project took Viso’s team over 1,000 hours to create a 20 foot, amazing looking replica. Here’s how they did it:
3D modeling was used to develop a mathematically correct representation of the Stargate. The Stargate’s dimensions were decided upon and points were created. Triangles, lines, and curves were all drawn to connect the points. This created an extremely accurate model that would serve as the building block for the actual Stargate.
Viso found numerous benefits in using 3D modeling. Some are:
- The ability to create a flexible model that could be changed quickly—and according to user specifications
- The 3D visual appearance of the model was far better than 2D
- The visual appearance allowed for extremely accurate and efficient building of the final product
- The chances of human error throughout the process were drastically reduced
Laser cutting was used to cut designs from the material the Stargate was made out of. The process involved using a fine, precise laser to cut the material via melting, burning, and vaporizing. The cutting was completed after 10,000 cuts had been made.
The 3D printing process involved stacking layers of the cuts together to create the Stargate. The printing process created over 2,000 parts. The fine details in the parts are incredible. Each one looks like it’s handcrafted by an expert sculptor.
Once the printing was complete, it was time to start framing—or putting together—the parts. This took a remarkable 1,000 hours. Every detail was taken into account to ensure the replica’s parts and pieces fit together properly.
When the process was over, a remarkably realistic Stargate replica had been created. The Stargate now sits in the museum exhibit for patrons to view. Many has been very impressed. A few have tried to use it to send themselves back in time. Luckily, it didn’t work.
3D printing is evolving as a technology that can be used in any and all fields. Sci-Fi is the newest. Energy companies, scientists, medical doctors and researchers, space explorers, and many more have used 3D technology to effectively provide them with desired results. The technology has saved them time and money. In addition, it’s drastically decreased—or eliminated—the amount of human error associated with the building of materials.
A 3D printer is something that can benefit everyone. It’s versatile—numerous types are available—and user friendly. In addition, prices are currently going down. Now is a great time to look into buying a 3D printer. Please contact us and we’ll gladly help you come up with a 3D printing solution that’s right for you.