3D printing affords production design professionals more imagination, freedom and flexibility to stimulate our wildest imaginations. 3D Systems in the UK supplied over 600 printed parts to the production of Edge of Tomorrow, including Tom Cruise’s exoskeleton.
3D printing technology is also creating a new relationship between artists, scientists, costume designers and prop makers.
CAD Software and CGI, which concept artists have long used for their designs, are perfectly transferable to 3D printing. Costume professionals and prop builders can now achieve more sophisticated levels of detail in their creative pieces thanks to collaborative CAD designing with concept artists.
This technology will certainly become more widespread as costs of 3D printing decline.
3D printing is slowly becoming smaller, more portable, and less expensive; and as the price of this technology falls and its convenience rises, we can expect to see it become an increasingly widespread phenomenon within the industry.
If you currently work in set and costume design or with props, I would seriously consider exploring the possibility of adding 3D printing to your repertoire.