Stoopid Buddy Stoodios’ own director of digital design, Tommy Keiser, was recently invited to the Hong Kong Productivity Council’s 3D Printing Symposium to speak about the Stoodio’s integration of animation production and 3D printing technologies. Tommy was in good company, speaking alongside other titans of 3D printing from all over the world. Speakers ranged from Japan’s Dr. Sanshiro Kanazawa, who uses state-of-the-art 3D printing technology to print human bone for medical procedures, to the United Kingdom’s Christina Zheng, who’s company 3D prints delicious chocolates in ANY SHAPE YOU CAN IMAGINE! Imagine eating a chocolate shaped like a top hat or something! Or…you know…surviving a horrible medical condition because of life-saving bone printing technology, or whatever.
Tommy, of course, was there to talk about the iterative design process during animation production. He brought along the very high-tech Blue Menace puppet from episode 1 of SuperMansion to show off how 3D printing has affected puppet fabrication and the different techniques that the studio uses to seamlessly integrate 3D printed parts and replacements into the production of cutting-edge stop-motion animation. We’re all proud of Tommy for advancing the 3D printing integration at the Stoodio to its full potential and we are thankful to the Hong Kong Productivity Council for including us in this awesome summit!