"The Hobbit" used 3D printing to make props!

The video may be from July, but with the Hobbit release closing in I think this is a perfect time to talk about using 3D printing technology in the film industry. Just imagine making a 3D model of a prop and having a 3D printer print dozens. It is possible today. And to prove it watch this video clip of Weta Workshop in New Zealand pioneering 3D printing for film props.

According to the video they have used 3D printing to create things like helmets, sword hilts, and axes. They also hint at maybe one day constructing things like set pieces or maybe even entire sets. This may seem far fetched, but this video clip really opens your mind to the possibilities of this technology. In a few years time I will be excited to see what 3D printing will be doing.