Vikings 3D Prophecy Challenge - Round 2
We traveled to the Vikings studio outside of Dublin, Ireland and 3D-scanned a series of props. To promote each episode, we 3D-printed one of the scanned props and fans would guess the object’s relevance to the episode on the Vikings Facebook Page for a chance to win the 3d print.
CROWN & Scepter - Episode 20 - The Reckoning
When we got our hands on these items you noticed right away the weight and metal finish. So the challenge for us was to replicate that intricacy. We sliced the items in multiple pieces, 3D printed on a Makerbot Replicator 2, glued together, sanded down and added a layer of self leveling epoxy that smooths out the whole surface. Once they dried, we finished with a metallic paint.
HORN - EPISODE 19 - ON the Eve
The Viking horn was very easy to 3D scan but the technology was only able to capture the outside surface of the horn. Once we were able to hollow out the horn, we 3d printed and assembled it.
Interesting fact about the horns, they were never used for viking helmets. They did use them for drinking and sometimes even in battle. As opposed to the prop on set that is made out of bone, we made ours out of a bioplastic.
RING - EPISODE 18 - Revenge
This weeks 3D prophecy item is a ring. During the 3D Scanning of this item we ran into some issues with the shiny metal. In the end, we did get a decent scan and created a 3D model of the ring but laid out flat. Jewelry making is a perfect use of modern digital fabrication technology. We printed our ring on a Form 2 3D printer that uses castable resin. From there, we casted the 3D print traditionally.
This season we wanted to focus more on the finishing techniques so we had @dominateallaspectsjewelry hand form the ring from a flat piece of metal into a ring.
CHARIOT - Episode 17 - The Great Army
This weeks 3d prophecy print is a chariot. We didn't know what to expect before 3D scanning the chariot. It is such a large prop that we did't know if the technology would be able to scan properly. Surprisingly, the scanning went really well. Our goal with this model was to make it functional free spinning wheels. This was one of the items that wasn't practical to make full scale. The scanning data gave us a lot of detail that we included in on the design.
This history of the chariot goes back much further than the vikings history. The vikings we do know were experts in technology and transportation which helped them in their supremacy in battle.
RAVEN - Episode 16 - Crossing
Ravens were a symbol of war in viking culture. It was said that Odin owned ravens and they brought him messages from earth. He was also known as the raven god.
For the second week in a row we got to 3D scan a live animal on set. There are challenges when scanning live objects because they move all the time. But, we got real lucky with the raven because it held still long enough to capture a great 3D Scan. Which we then took into a 3D CAD program and did a little polishing up of the 3D model. We chose to 3D print this in a black photopolymer resin on the Form 2 3D printer because of the higher resolution needed for the raven model.
VIPER: Episode 15
This 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 but it also helped us capture the color gradient on the snake. From that information we were able to create a realistic 3D design of the snake.
BOW: EPISODE 14
This weeks 3D prop is a bow. The bow was such an amazing prop to see in person because there was so much detail and it was one of the props that inspired us to go for the life size 3D prints this season. We were able to capture the surface detail of the leather and included it in the 3D model.
The bow was printed in multiple parts and then assembled, painted and covered in different grades of leather in order to better match the prop from set.
EPISODE 13: SWORD
We 3D scanned the sword on set with the iSense 3D Scanner. It was a perfect size item to scan and we were able to pickup all of the details in the handle and blade. We designed it at full scale, printed and assembled in post.
Swords were very special to vikings culture. They were very expensive and difficult to make but also very sacred, you even brought it with you to valhalla.
EPISODE 12: CRUTCH
We worked closely with the Vikings creative team, talking about how to fabricate props and make them look as detailed and realistic. This weeks 3D prophecy item is a metal brace.
It was a very difficult prop to execute. The 3D scanner had a lot of problems dealing with the negative space but was able to capture the form and scale so we could touch up the model in studio. The full size of the metal brace is about four feet tall.
The metal brace is just one more example of vikings ingenuity, from ship building and navigational tools, to things like skis and hair combs. The brace will not hold a persons weight, do not try to use this brace at home.