Big Hero 6 is coming and it is going to feature, based on the trailer at least, a pudgy, cute robot and 3D printing. In the trailer you can see the film’s protagonist, Hiro Hamada designing armour for his robot, Baymax, on a touchscreen tablet, using what looks like a relatively simple 3D modeling app, and clicking a ‘print’ icon. Then, with some added Disney flair, you can see what looks like a fictional form of the direct metal laser sintering process 3D printing his shiny red armour!
Big Hero 6 is inspired by the Marvel comic of the same name. In the fictional city of San Fransokyo, Hiro and Baymax team up with a motley crew of uninitiated crime fighters to ….. you guessed it ….. fight crime. If you know the comics, you’ll see that they’re almost entirely different from the movie, which look a lot like other Marvel comics, with sharp angles, and plots about the ghosts of nuclear bomb tragedies. Instead the film is distinctly cartoony and distinctly Disney.
Unfortunately, you’ve got to wait until November 7 to see the film. If you liked Frozen and Wreck-It-Ralph or robots, 3D printing, and portmanteaux, this movie is right up your alley. And it seems like Disney might know it, after taking advantage of the 3D printing hype in a number of ways since 3DPI got rolling.