How much access do you have to a 3D printer? What would you do if you had weeks of time on your hands and a couple spools of filament lying around? Perhaps you would make a two second stop-motion animation called Bears on Stairs.
An in-house development by London’s DBLG — a creative design studio — shows a smooth animation of a bear — well — climbing stairs, which at first glance appears animated. In reality, 50 printed sculptures each show an instance of the bear’s looping ascent. The entire process took four weeks of printing, sculpture trimming, and the special diligence that comes with making a stop-motion film.
The heart of the project was to experiment, create, and — most importantly — have fun. So while these stairs don’t appear to go anywhere, in practice they flex and test the creative spirit inherent in any maker. Plus, the fusion of 3D printing and stop-motion make for pleasant viewing. If you want to check out a comparatively ‘feature length’ stop motion animation, check out The Rabbit’s Hole.