The weeks 3D Prophecy item is a snake that we 3D scanned live on set in Ireland. With 3D scanning its really important for your object to be stationary. We worked with the animal handler on the Vikings show to help position the snake so it would stay still long enough for a good 3D scan. We were then able to translate all of that data we captured into a beautiful color 3D model of the snake. We then used a full color industrial 3D printing technology called color jet printing (CJP). Color jet printing works like a 2D printer where it drops ink and binder (glue) on top of a surface of powder, one layer at a time.
The challenge with the snake was to make it looks as real as possible. The 3D Scanning helped us capture the natural form it also helped us capture the color gradient on the snake. From that information we were able to create a design of a realistic snake.
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