Legacy Effects has used the Objet 3D Printer in the Creation of Real Steel, the latest Hugh Jackman Action Film. The printer was used to create the 1/5th scale models of the robots in the film.  Once built, hand-painted, lit, and approved, the full scale Atom, Noisy Boy, and Ambush robots went into production.  Motion capture technology was used to depict the fights on camera, mixed with the full scale animatronic robots.

Legacy Effects uses Objets 3D printers to create a range of scale models and even functional custom parts that have been used in films such as Jurassic Park 3, Iron Man 2 and Avatar. The printers have also proven instrumental in producing stop-motion animations films, such as Coraline.

It is a pleasure and an honour to be working with customers such as Legacy Effects and to see our 3D printers helping to produce the very latest effects for some of the most popular Hollywood blockbusters, said Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President at Objet. The accuracy, material versatility and surface quality of our 3D printers allow artists to capture all the nuances and fine details of their ideas and transform them into 3D models that look fully believable under the cameras lens.

3D printing represents an important factor in the film industry today, where special effects and technical enhancements often come at the cost of increasing time delays. Using 3D printing allows studios to save on reshoots, editing and post production – enabling a faster time-to-market and lower overall costs.

Released this October, Real Steel is an American science fiction action film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based on the premise that by 2020 the sport of boxing is no longer played by humans, but robots.