And The Oscar Goes To … 3D Printing

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Building a 3D printed Oscar statue


This years annual Oscars award show was filled with all the glamour, red-carpet-ready gowns, and celebrity sightings that make this one of television’s most popular live programs each year. The iconic gold award that hopeful film industry leaders strive to take home each year is one the most recognizable pop culture icons in the world. What you may not know, is that 3D printing plays a crucial role in creating these shining statues. Here’s how.

HOW 3D PRINTING IS USED IN THE OSCARS TODAY:

Since 1982, R.S. Owens & Company has been responsible for creating the Oscars awards. Typically, these statues are cast in bronze and finished in 24-karat gold. The labor-intensive process of molding, casting, refining, finishing, and polishing takes approximately three months to create the 50 statues traditionally awarded at the show. To help expedite the process, Polich Tallix Art Foundry has used 3D printing to create a precise, easy-to-use mold for the casting process based off the original 1929 Oscar statue.

Because 3D printing typically creates parts in industrial-grade plastic or super-strong filaments such as Kevlar, molds are one of the quickest and easiest ways to integrate 3D printing with luxury materials. 3D printing molds are frequently used in the automotive industry and – to a lesser degree – in the jewelry industry. Additionally, some research shows that the ability to print with softer materials, such as gold and silver, is not impossible and may be a more viable option as the technology evolves.

MAKING YOUR OWN OSCAR STATUE:

Of course, consumers who are hoping to take home their own piece of movie magic are already able to print their own Oscar statues using desktop 3D printers such as the MCOR ARKe. MCOR is famous for its ability to print in photoreal colors while generating eco-friendly, ready-to-use parts from traditional printer paper. MCOR’s revolutionary technology makes 3D printing safe, affordable, and efficient for consumers and professionals alike.

To create your own Oscar, you can simply upload a design schema into MCOR’s intuitive layering interface, choose from traditional gold tones or something more eclectic, and print away. You’ll be ready for your next acceptance speech (or watch party) in no time. Although there are many 3D desktop printers on the market today, we are especially excited about the MCOR ARKe because it gives users like you the freedom to adapt the technology to your unique needs using recyclable, non-toxic materials and an intuitive design process.

Today, it’s the Oscars … you’ll decide what tomorrow brings.

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