We’re Reinventing 3D Printing
We are a passionate team of engineers, designers, and problem-solvers. Started out of MIT in 2011, Formlabs is committed to bringing innovative and sophisticated fabrication tools into the creative hands of designers, engineers, and artists around the world https://formlabs.com
An unprecedented convergence of design, performance, and accessibility, the Form 2 brings professional-quality 3D printing to a broader audience.
We believe in what we do, and we’re excited about creating powerful tools that change the way we work and live.
Creating an astonishingly life-like sculpture of actor Daniel Craig is no easy feat—it takes advanced artistry and cutting-edge tools.
Emerging 3D technologies, like digital sculpting and desktop stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing, present artists with the ability to create incredibly detailed sculptures that would be impossible to make with any other medium.
The artists at Modern Life Workshop create hyper-realistic portrait sculptures of actors and celebrities in iconic roles. Their artwork features tiny details that must be rendered with precision.
Meanwhile, the small size of their business requires that each tool in their workflow be affordable and efficient. We asked artist Toria Casarro to walk us through how Modern Life produces portraits, and why Pixologic’s ZBrush and the Form 2 were the clear choice for bringing their art to life.
To create a portrait, we go through several very precise steps:
- Collect facial references of the person we wish to make a representation of and create a study sheet of the face.
- Start the digital modeling process in ZBrush.
- Prepare the project to be printed and to 3D print it.
- Make a silicone mold of the printed piece to make a life-like flesh-toned resin copy of it.
- Hand paint the face to bring life and even more realism to the final result.
With ZBrush’s new plug-in, digital artists can take designs directly into Formlabs’ PreForm software to easily set up a model to print on a Form 2.
It’s not like we suddenly discovered 3D modeling. We are from a generation that grew up with 3D a bit everywhere, such as video games, movies, simulators, etc. For us, using 3D technology has just been an obvious choice.
What has your experience using ZBrush been like?
ZBrush is the perfect 3D digital modeling tool. It’s the most realistic freehand digital clay sculpting software on the market. In ZBrush, we create the most detailed models that we ever have been able to make. You can work details without limit, and that makes it possible to reach what we call hyper-realism.
The Form 2 printer has simply been a revolution for us, as it helped our workshop to become fully autonomous. When we started making 3D printed portraits years ago, we had to deal with other companies that owned very expensive professional 3D printers in order to obtain prints with quality great enough to reproduce all the details of our digital files.
Now, owning the Form 2, we have easy access to this great quality. The stereolithography technology of this printer can reproduce even the most complex skin textures that we create. Having this printer also allowed us to cut the delays of prototyping tests, saving time and money.
Why do you use 3D printing to make your portraits?
Since the beginning, we decided to work with 3D printers because, for us, 3D technologies are synonymous with endless possibilities in terms of the creation of realism in art.
Webinar on One-Click 3D Printing with ZBrush
Formlabs and Pixologic teamed up to create a ZBrush plugin that makes 3D printing digital sculpts on the Form 2 a one-click process. Watch the webinar to learn how to leverage these two tools for powerful creative expression.
What you will learn
Until recently, the power to bring complex concepts beyond the computer screen has been inaccessible and cost-prohibitive. Register for the webinar now to learn:
- How ZBrush is used for digital sculpting, modeling, and rapid visualization
- How the Form 2 can quickly bring any high-precision ZBrush design to life
- A step-by-step guide for leveraging these two tools to create a powerful workflow for creative expression
Get in Touch with Us
If you have questions about using your printer, please fill out our web form to reach
our support team.
Please contact our sales team if you have
any questions regarding our products.
Sales US: +1 617 702 8476
Sales EU: +44 330 027 0040
Sales Germany: +49 30 555 795 880
Sales France: + 33 98 009 1827