3D Printing Goes on Stage

It is no news that 3D printing technology is coming under the spotlight in a number of different industries. While the expression is generally figurative, this is literally what happened at La Scala, Europe’s largest Opera House.


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The production managers and set designers of Don Pasquale, an opera that went on stage in April, decided to have the soprano singing from within a vintage automobile, floating above the stage.

The heavyweight combined with the rarity of the car made it impossible to feature a real model.

And that’s when 3D printing came in.

The designers worked closely with ColorZenith, a Milan-based printing provider, to design and print a life-size replica of the classic Italian car.

They subdivided the model into four parts to enable it to fit within the Massivit 3D printer’s build volume. Printing took a total of only four days.

Once printed, the car was sanded and strengthened with an internal metal frame to withstand the month-long performance. The team also glued headlights, mudguards and door handles to create a more lifelike appearance and provide a whole new immersive experience for theatre audiences

How did it look? Take a look yourself:



It was a great turnout, but the success of the opera is not the only story here.

The producers at La Scala realized that they could create virtually any required stage object using this approach. And do so more quickly and with greater function than traditional methods.

This case study opens up to another application of 3D printing in an industry that never considered this technology before.


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