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3DxReplica – Creating a Detailed Movie Prop with a Fast Turnaround for Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem #3DxEntertainment #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Today on our weekly live 3D Hangouts, as the season winds towards Halloween, we are celebrating the replica prop community (and movie props professionals themselves) by sharing our own Dune replica project. Here’s a quick roundup of a few other 3DxReplica projects that caught our interest to whet your appetite!


Here’s a sneak peak trailer featuring a custom prop for Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem fabricated by FATHOM. Check out an upcoming webinar where FATHOM’s Prototype Studio Manager Tony Slavik will share with GrabCAB community members about the tools and workflow used to execute this high-detail, fast-turn-around project.

North Design Labs, LLC was working on a project for The Zero Theorem, a sci-fi movie directed by Terry Gilliam, when they came to FATHOM in need of a highly detailed movie prop with a short lead-time. The team wanted to 3D print a functional, futuristic, interactive gadget to be used by actors in the film, a unique case that would house a Samsung Galaxy tablet. The design included movable tabs and buttons that would activate the touch screen, triggering various lights and graphics.

“The movie prop and controller presented a unique challenge by needing to not only look like some sort of alien futuristic device, but it also needed to function like one,” said Mike North of North Design Labs, LLC….

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