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Leica Studio's Missing Link is Released, 3D Printing Plays a Key Role Again

Jul 03, 2019

On April 14th, the latest stop-motion animated film "Missing Link" of the Lycra Studios in the United States ushered in the premiere in North America. Directed by Chris Butler, the film tells the story of the monster investigator, Sir Lionel Frost, who went to the Pacific to find the legendary creature Mr. Link in recognition of the elite of the adventure. The filmmaker also specially invited a number of Hollywood movie stars, including Hugh Jackman, to voice the characters in the play.

Mr Link

As the fifth stop motion animation film launched by Lycra Studio, 3D printing technology also played a vital role in the “Missing Link”. Team members made more than 106,000 snap-on faces for the characters in the film. These faces were designed with Maya software and printed in 3D using a Stratasys J750 3D printer and color resin material. They also placed a specially treated magnet on the back of each 3D print face. In this way, it is possible to highlight the change in the character's expression in the play by freely changing the different faces.

3D Printed Mr Link


In order to achieve excellence in production, the Lycra studio also used the Cuttlefish 3D print slicing software developed by the Fraunhofer Computer Graphics Institute in Germany. This high-performance software guarantees the exact geometric and visual attributes of each character in “Missing Link”. The sophisticated look and expression of these complex color 3D prints perfectly explains what the film wants to present.

different faces printed by 3D printer