MÉTROPOLE adorns French train station with 3D comics characters using Massivit 3D
Lod, Israel, 8th April 2019 – As part of the International Cartoon Festival of Angoulême, MÉTROPOLE, a France-based specialist in event management, digital printing, and large-format 3D printing, has produced five life-size characters using its Massivit 3D printer – to the delight of commuters and festival-goers.
Thanks to its unrivaled printing speed of up to 35cm (14”) per hour and its two printheads, the Massivit 1800 3D printer has enabled MÉTROPOLE to meet the extremely tight deadlines set by the festival organizers.
Franck Bondoux, the festival’s President, explains: “Only the Massivit 3D printer, deployed by MÉTROPOLE, could have pulled off this feat in terms of turnaround time. Our life-size statues were ready onsite on the opening day of the festival, creating just the wow effect we had been aiming for.”
MÉTROPOLE testifies to the capability of Massivit 3D printers to produce large format 3D objects at great speed. “It took less than four weeks’ work – eighty hours of printing plus 200 hours of assembly, sculpting and painting – to create the five comics characters displayed at Angoulême station” says Denise Zanet, Associate Director at MÉTROPOLE, who is thrilled with the buzz and delight the statues have sparked at the station.
Appeal and complicity across generations
It is no surprise that the statues were placed at Angoulême station – the world’s comic book capital, the destination of many festival-goers and comic fans. “These life-size characters at the train station create a real sense of complicity for travelers. The statues have an ultra-realistic finish, totally bringing them to life. Comic fans find themselves immersed in a playful, joyous and comforting world”, Franck Bondoux adds, pleased with this decision.
Comics characters brought to life as statues have always held great appeal. “Comic fans love getting up close and personal with their favorite characters. This creates a strong bond both for children and the young at heart, who reconnect with their childhood emotions. No doubt lots of selfies with our statues will show up on social media”, Franck Bondoux concludes.
Blake and Mortimer, Spirou and Seccotine, as well as ‘Le Fauve’ – the festival’s mascot and trophy for competing authors – will continue to wow travelers at Angoulême station for a long time to come.
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MÉTROPOLE, a digital printing specialist based in the heart of Paris and a key player in large format 3D printing in France, operates one of the most advanced production facilities in the market.
With customer service in its DNA, the company meets the demands of more than 1,000 clients from a wide range of sectors, including retailers, cinemas, shopping malls, sports arenas, exhibition centers and more.
Métropole: Denise Zanet: +33 6 62 88 35 78 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.metropole.me
About Massivit 3D
Massivit 3D Printing Technologies Ltd. (www.massivit3d.com) is a leading provider of large format 3D printing hardware for visual communication applications. The company’s solutions enable the creation of super-size advertising, promotional and other marketing-oriented 3D printed sign and display projects for a growing range of sectors – including retail, events and exhibitions, entertainment and architecture. Massivit 3D’s proprietary Gel Dispensing Printing (GDP) technology leverages the company’s unique, instantly-curing printing gel, Dimengel, to quickly and cost-effectively produce lightweight, hollow 3D printed models up to 1.8m / 6ft high.
Founded in 2013 by a team of digital printing pioneers, Massivit 3D is headquartered in Lod, Israel, and serves customers worldwide with end-to-end services and through a well-distributed network of global resellers.
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