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Weta Workshop installs a Massive 3D printer

Weta Workshop has installed a Massivit 1800 3D printer. The deal is reported by Wide Format Online.


Photo: Richard Taylor with Massivit 1800 3D printer

“We manufacture super-sized, hyper-realistic human figures, creatures, vehicles, and other huge props for film and television and have always been on the search for technology that can produce large parts at a high speed,” says Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop co-founder (with director Peter Jackson), CEO and creative director.

“For 15 years, we have dreamed of a day when a printer would provide super large scale, speed, and build strength at low print costs, in equal measure. The Massivit 1800 has delivered this for us.

“With the Massivit 1800, our team has been able to redefine what is creatively possible for our large-scale manufacturing projects. It is a powerful and versatile machine that has transformed the way we work and has supercharged our output. It really is a dream come true.”

According to Pietro Marson, workshop operations analyst at Weta Workshop, the company’s manufacturing teams have until now deployed a range of technologies for their fabrication processes, including CNC routers, industrial robots, and smaller 3D printers. Many of these technologies have presented limitations when it comes to manufacturing bigger props.

“We’re often required to create eight- or nine-metre-tall (26.2 or 29.5-ft) sculptures and mannequins, which means we need to print multiple parts and then manually fit them together,” says Marson. “Needless to say, this is both time-consuming and expensive.

“The largest commercially available SLA 3D printer in the country has a maximum print volume of 60 x 60 x 40 centimetres, whereas the Massivit 1800 allows us to print up to 1.8-meter-high [5.9-ft] components. We can also print much more quickly and with far greater geometry freedom than with CNC machining.”

Read the full report here.