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3D printed manga characters a ‘game-changer’

One Piece manga fans who have always dreamed of meeting life size versions of their favourite characters had their wishes fulfilled at a two-month long exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan from July 5th to September 22nd 2019.

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Manga characters come to life in 3D print

Event attendees showed off augmented reality snaps to their followers on social media with the 1.8m - 5m characters set against different scenic backdrops.

Comic series, One Piece is written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, a Japanese Manga artist who has sold over 450 million comic book copies worldwide. The comic series was first published in 1997, and by December 2014 33 million copies had been printed.

One Piece also set a Guinness World Record in 2015 for the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.

SID Installation Art was commissioned to create the characters using a Massivit 1800 Pro 3D printer.

3D printing has proven to be a real game changer for us in terms of our overall turnaround time, the accuracy we’re able to achieve, the production size, and new possibilities for creative vision

SID has previously created gaming and manga props, but found the process to be lengthy and time consuming. 3D printing on the other hand has allowed it to be more creative as well as complete projects more efficiently.

Hung Jui Chia, chief operation officer of SID Installation Art, says: “3D printing has proven to be a real game changer for us in terms of our overall turnaround time, the accuracy we’re able to achieve, the production size, and new possibilities for creative vision.”

Traditionally the team would have needed to create a preliminary mould before producing the props and figures but with the 3D printer they can complete the same number of jobs in half the time, so manga fans can see their characters in the flesh quicker than ever before.

Jui Chia says: “Although our team is nationally recognized for its expertise in hand sculpting, the benefits of digital, large-format 3D printing are clear.”

Erez Zimerman, chief executive officer of Massivit 3D says: “Building on their accumulated know-how in sculpting high-quality props and statues, they have been able to visualize just what is possible using Massivit 3D solutions and to bring these characters to life for a global audience.

If you have any comments on this story, or would like to get in touch, please email me at zoe@linkpubishing.co.uk or join the conversation on Twitter.


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