In 2018, Theta Effect reached out to Forge Labs with an exciting opportunity to collaborate on a complex prop for Come to Daddy, a black comedy feature starring Elijah Wood.

3D Printed Movie Props

3D Printing Movie Props

Rapid Prototyping with Stereolithography (SLA)

In 2018, Theta Effect reached out to Forge Labs with an exciting opportunity to collaborate on a complex prop for Come to Daddy, a black comedy feature starring Elijah Wood. In the film, Elijah Wood’s character has a cast-iron receipt spike stabbed through his cheek - an effect that had to be done with real props, rather than CGI.
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Theta Effect produced the prop in two components - a false cheek, which held the base of the receipt spike, and a spike which was mounted on a dental appliance inside the mouth.

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3D Printing Technology used for this project

Since it had to hang off his face, the base of the receipt spike needed to be extremely lightweight. It also had to be durable, easy to paint, and it all needed to be done fast - making it a perfect fit for 3D printing in Accura XTW.
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Working digitally allowed the design of the prop to move quickly. When it was discovered that an initial version of the prop moved too much, the part was quickly modified to allow for powerful magnets to be incorporated, and reprinted the same day.
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Finally, Theta Effect painted the part to mimic the look of cast-iron. To see more of their excellent work, click here.

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