Gentle Giant Studios has brought to life the characters of Disney Pixar’s “Elemental”. The latter is an original feature film set in the imaginary Element City, where fire-, water-, land- and air residents live together.

To generate excitement for the release of “Elemental,” Gentle Giant Studios embarked on the ambitious project of creating life-size versions of the film’s characters for photo opportunities at various events worldwide, including its worldwide premiere at Tribeca Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Sydney Film Festival.

The team of Gentle Giant Studios that provides creative services to the Consumer Products, Fine Art, Gaming, Visual Effects, and Experiential Entertainment industries has produced intricate prototypes for this movie using Nexa3D’s polymer 3D printing technology.

 “Artists and designers are constantly looking for ways to bring creations to life efficiently while maintaining fidelity to their vision. By using advanced technologies such as 3D printing, the distance between the artists’ imagination and reality becomes shorter with extraordinary results,” said Nexa3D Chief Marketing Officer Nina Swienton.

Utilizing Nexa3D’s xMODEL17-Clear resin, a durable and transparent modeling material, Gentle Giant Studios captured intricate details and achieved the desired visual effects of fire and water for the characters. The superior prototypes produced with the XiP Desktop 3D printer allowed the artisans to bring the Elemental characters to life for the viewing public.

The 3D printer is based on the manufacturer’s proprietary lubricant sublayer photo-curing (LSPc) technology, a technology that is said to afford up to 20x productivity over competing SLA and DLP 3D printing offerings available on the market today.

We could not have met our manufacturing timelines with any other process as the iterations involved very challenging painting and lighting effects,” said Jason Lopes, Director of Additive Manufacturing at Gentle Giant Studios. “The XiP Desktop 3D printer enabled us to move revisions into physical form faster than printing in other slower technologies.”

Disney Pixar’s film “Elemental” is open in theaters today.

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