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Australian companies 3D print life-sized Homer Simpson

Partners demonstrate large-scale AM with 3D printed cartoon character

Well if this doesn’t cheer you up after a weekend in isolation, I’m not sure what will. Australian signage company Coleman Group and local large-format 3D printing service Mammoth 3D teamed up to produce a three-dimensional, life-sized Homer Simpson—donut and all. It is unclear if the large-scale cartoon model was created for anything more than fun, but it has certainly succeeded on that front!

In these difficult and uncertain times, many people have receded into their comfort zones, whether that is baking, watching Disney movies or re-reading their favorite books. For me, it has been The Simpsons, the long-running animated television series about one of the world’s most beloved fictional families. So when I came across this colorful 3D print while scrolling through my feeds this morning, it put a smile on my face. I hope it does the same for you.

Homer Simpson 3D print

On-screen, Homer is merely inches tall. In 3D print, however, he is human sized. The 3D model was printed by Mammoth 3D using the Massivit 3D 1800 Pro, a system developed by Israeli company Massivit 3D with a maximum build size of 1,450 x 1,110 x 1,800 mm.

Homer Simpson was printed as several hollow pieces, which were subsequently filled with foam. The pieces were then sanded, coated and expertly painted. The resulting product is a seated Homer Simpson—with bulging eyes, yellow skin and trademark outfit. True to character, the 3D printed Homer grasps a glistening donut in his four-fingered hand, while sitting on his couch. You can practically hear the “D’oh!” coming from his mouth. Check out the whole build process below:

Massivit 3D’s large-format 3D printing systems have become popular in the signage and advertising industries, as they enable companies to push the limits of their marketing imaginations. Weta Workshop, a New Zealand based prop and visual effects company that worked on The Lord of the Rings, Ghost in the Shell and many other films, is among the many companies that have adopted the large-format 3D printing technology to bring new ideas to life. You can read more about the company’s collaborations here.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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