The Bodock Project, a collaborative design project with WIRED Magazine, The Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Legacy Effects and Stratasys 3D printing, is a 14-foot walking-talking giant creature that debuted at Comic-Con International 2014 in San Diego, California.
The Bodock debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The Bodock project took 6 weeks and 7,500 hours of work to complete, and at 2000 pounds and 13 feet 6 inches, is a design marvel. More then a third of Bodock was 3D printed on Stratasys 3D printers, including the chest armor, shoulders, arms and fingers. A variety of Stratasys 3D Printers and technologies were employed in the build process, including the Fortus 900mc 3D Production System which uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing technology to build durable, accurate, repeatable parts as large as 36 x 24 x 36 inches.
“The true value of using Stratasys 3D printing on the Bodock project was the time savings – being able to go directly from design to the end use part without having to add additional steps in the process. This is a huge step forward for Legacy Effects in incorporating 3D printing for end use materials in their designs," said Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer at Legacy Effects. “Never have we used such a large scale of directly 3D printed parts on a project of this scope and magnitude. This truly showcases the strength of this material and the ease of post-processing and finishing.”
The parts were created using ABS-M30 thermoplastic 3D printing material, which has strong mechanical and functional properties that make it ideal for concept models and moderate-requirement parts including functional prototypes, jigs, fixtures, manufacturing tooling and end-use parts.
“Everything about the giant creature project is ambitious, including size, weight, delivery schedule and performance requirements,” said Matt Winston, co-founder of Stan Winston School. “Without the close involvement of our partners at Stratasys, whose 3D printing technologies are revolutionizing not only the manufacturing industry but the entertainment industry as well, none of it would have been possible.”
Watch the “How To Build a Giant Creature” Series To see how Bodock went from idea to idol