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TRON Lightcycle v1

Discussion in 'UNIT M3' started by Mike Verta, Aug 19, 2018.

  1. #1 Mike Verta, Aug 19, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2018
    Draco has fallen in love with the original TRON from 1982 - of course, you can't really get toys from it anymore, and what they had was only average, so we decided to make our own via 3D printing. He mostly wants the lightcycles, so I began by modeling one of the two versions seen in the film.

    It wasn't my intention to match any shot from the original film, but after I finished I did this:

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    And my quick recreation:

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  2. Are you making the models available? Would be cool to print these.
     
  3. I will as soon as I've done the second version, which is the one more commonly seen in the film. This version only appears in two shots - this one and one other.
     
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  4. Haha, love that mentality.

    "If you can't find it, just make your own!"
     
  5. #5 Mike Verta, Aug 27, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2018
    Version 2, now screen-accurate. From a technical standpoint, TRON is really fascinating - such an unusual hybrid.

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  6. I don't know anything about making animation / graphics.

    I am curious however .......... How difficult would this have been in the early 80's (from memory) to make ?

    Seem to recall when it came out we had the old DOS green screen on the POS computer at home. Or was the grey screen Mac out yet ?

    How did they do it back then ?
     
  7. Very difficult, it was practically like inventing new routines for that. Maybe that short making of could be interesting for you where they talk a bit about that thing. There is another longer documentary on one of the special editions which goes more deep into that subject.

     
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  8. For the company that did the lightcycles, MAGI/Synthavision, there were elements of this which were very simple, and some which were nearly impossible. I'm actually going to do a video on the lightcycle sequence - how it was done, it's limitations, how we'd do it today, etc.
     
  9. Nice models. However, you may have some difficultly getting those super rounded-edges with even a relatively hi-end 3D printer. We build a lot jigs and small parts with 3D using an Atom. Maybe the newer models are better though.
     
  10. We weren't planning on doing the actual masters ourselves, but having them prototyped from which we can make molds.
     
  11. Yeah, that sounds like a better way to go. There are some new 3D printers that give much smoother results. The best ones we've seen though, haven't yet come to market. Current models are quite good but do require some finishing work. Great for small parts and jigs though.

    Where are you having the prototypes made though? When we've looked into these types of things, prices have been quite high.
     
  12. Friends in high places :)
     
  13. Love the attention to detail. Another example of your message in practice. "See/hear something you like? Transcribe It!" Thanks for the chuckle at the end of the video. Tron was the first movie I ever saw in a theater, so it was fun to see this.
     
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