I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I wish I was James Bond….Every time I watch 007 in action on the big screen, I can’t help but be in total awe of his suave sophistication, his ability to stay cool as a cucumber when face to face with deadly assassins, his gadgets and his 1960 Aston Martin DB5…
As much as we all want to be as cool as Bond, not all of us can afford a priceless Aston Martin….but maybe now we can!
For the brand new Bond Movie Skyfall the film makers were left with a conundrum; how do we blow up and totally destroy a priceless car without being left with a bill for blowing up and totally destroying a priceless car??….The answer is they printed one!
The movie effects team enlisted the help of top model makers Voxelijet who used a 3D printer to create a perfect 1:3 scale model of the DB5 that could be shot at and destroyed without blowing the budget of the film in to a new stratosphere!
Unlike the day to day printing that you and I are used to that used ink and toner cartridges to build an image on paper, Voxelijet used an industrial sized 3D printing monster that creates physical objects by printing layer upon layer of material until a solid object is formed.
This method of development is often referred to as rapid prototyping and these types of printers have often been used in recent years by the Film industry to save massive amounts of money.