Video: Massivit 3D Machine Produces Life Size Cartoon Characters

Seccotine in Angoulême train station, France.

Thanks to its printing speed of up to 35cm (14”) per hour and its two printheads, the Massivit 1800 3D printer has enabled MÉTROPOLE – a France-based specialist in event management, digital printing and large-format 3D printing – to produce five life-size characters for the International Cartoon Festival of Angoulême.

Franck Bondoux, the festival’s president explained, ‘Only the Massivit 3D printer, deployed by MÉTROPOLE, could have pulled off this feat in terms of turnaround time. Our life-size statues were ready onsite on the opening day of the festival, creating the wow effect we had been aiming for.’

The five comics characters were finished in less than four weeks.

MÉTROPOLE testifies to the capability of Massivit 3D printers to produce large format 3D objects at great speed. ‘It took less than four weeks’ work – eighty hours of printing plus 200 hours of assembly, sculpting and painting – to create the five comic characters displayed at Angoulême station,’ said Denise Zanet, associate director at METROPOLE, who is thrilled with the buzz and delight the statues have sparked at the station.

Le Fauve, the Festival’s mascot will continue to wow travelers at Angoulême station for a long time to come.

It is no surprise that the statues were placed at Angoulême station – the world’s comic book capital and destination of many festival-goers and comic fans. ‘These life-size characters at the train station create a real sense of complicity for travelers. The statues have an ultra-realistic finish, totally bringing them to life. Comic fans find themselves immersed in a playful, joyous and comforting world,’ Bondoux added.

Comic characters brought to life as statues have always held great appeal. ‘Comic fans love getting up close and personal with their favourite characters. This creates a strong bond both for children and the young at heart, who reconnect with their childhood emotions. No doubt lots of selfies with our statues will show up on social media’, he concluded.

Blake and Mortimer, Spirou and Seccotine, as well as ‘Le Fauve’ – the festival’s mascot and trophy for competing authors – will continue to wow travelers at Angoulême station for a long time to come.


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