Custom 3D Printed Chess Set: Miniature Figurines

Client: Ron Howard

Purpose: Custom Gift

Ron Howard's son Reed had the great idea of surprising his dad with a custom chess set comprised of unique pieces modeled after characters and relics from his films over the decades. Pretty thoughtful, right?

Based on a compilation of frame stills from his dad's filmography, Reed settled on the concept of Fiction vs. Non-Fiction, and we set out to design a full chess board of unique characters. You've got The Grinch, Tom Hanks from "Apollo 13," the mermaid from "Splash," the F-1 car from "Rush," and even the cocoon alien from -- you guessed it -- "Cocoon." Each piece was 3D Printed in High-Resolution Resin and then hand-painted in high detail.

After receiving this set, a second set was commissioned at 25% larger and instead of hand-painting, the pieces were metallic electroplated: one side Chrome, one side Gold.

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3D Design

Sketches, ideas, and reference materials are used to produce digital 3D Model designs to match project requirements. A feedback-oriented revisions and approval process ensures that the final models meet spec.

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3D Printing

Production of accurate plastic parts, starting from digital 3D Model files. Parts can be created as quickly as same-day.

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Model Painting

According to a predetermined color scheme or aesthetic requirement, 3D Printed parts are sanded, prepped, and painted to perfection using either detail model brush-painting, airbrushing, or high quality automotive-grade spray application.

Material Used: High-Resolution Resin

A dense, hard polymer ideal for applications requiring a smooth finish or moldmaking. The level of detail in these parts makes them the best option for props, miniatures, or other parts which require high-resolution surface detail.

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