BRIAN KRASSENSTEIN | 3DPRINT.COM | APRIL 10, 2015 | Original Article
There is little doubt that one day robots will be an incredibly important part of our lives. In fact some of the best minds of our generation even have expressed worry that robots could eventually jump ahead of humans on the proverbial food-chain, ultimately leading to the end of mankind. Although I don’t exactly buy this Terminator-style scenario, I do find the possibility of intelligent AI and robotics incredibly fascinating.
This is why I have been waiting eagerly for a recently released movie called Chappie to either come to a theater close to me, or get released to a streaming service like Netflix. The movie, which has gone relatively unnoticed, despite featuring stars such as Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver, and bringing in decent reviews, takes place in the ‘near-future’ where the South African police force is almost entirely robotic. When citizens begin to fight back against the repressive nature of the machines, one of the robots (Chappie) is stolen and reprogrammed by a software whiz named Deon (played by Dev Patel) to think and feel for itself. When destructive forces realize what has been done, they set out on a collision course to stop Chappie at all costs.
The film features plenty of robotic fight scenes, which are incredibly detailed. How did they manage to create such detailed robots, and film the destruction of these machines? 3D printing! That’s right, despite little being said about the vast amounts of 3D printing that went into the film, it played an incredibly important role in the entire movie.
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