We are half way through December, which means we are only a few days away from the biggest event on anyone’s calendar this year, and we aren’t talking about Christmas. The new Star Wars sequel, the first sequel in nearly 30 years, will be released in public theatres Thursday night, and like many blockbusters of the era, it has taken advantage of 3D printing to improve its visual effects. Anthony Daniels, the 69 YEAR OLD British actor is one of the few people to have appeared in every Star Wars film to date, and you have probably never seen his face. That’s because Anthony play C3-PO the iconic golden protocol droid from the series.
Mr. Daniels has always spoken of the roll in high regards, but he has also mentioned the tremendous downside, it takes hours to put on the metal suit, and then you wear it all day out in the desert in scorching heat. Daniels stated that “The thing about deserts is that the sand is gruesome. You get sand in any of these [costume hinges] and it makes a terrible grinding sound. But Threepio reflects the heat.” The suite was originally over 30 pounds of plastic, but now with the help of 3D printing, the suite is much more light weight and can be taken off and put back on in a fraction of the time. Daniels continues that “The biggest thing is that it’s 3-D printed, which allows you to prototype very easily. You can try it and if it doesn’t work, not a big deal to try it again. There’s fixings that would take half an hour to put the head together, and now it takes eight seconds. I love it,”.
Star Wars the Force Awakens opens in theatres December 18th
Below you can see a video of a 3D printed BB-8 droid from the new film.