French out of home and digital print provider, Metropole, 3D printed this replica of the much-loved comic book character Corto Maltese.
Marking 50 years since the series started entertaining European fans, the stunning model was produced to demonstrate 3D printing’s power to better engage target audiences.
Metropole, who was the first French company to acquire the Massivit 1800's large format 3D printer, unveiled one of its first pieces to conmemorate the occasion of the exhibition 'Corto Maltese, 50 years of adventures,' held at the Gare de Paris Austerlitz, in the French capital.
"This is a special way to pay tribute to one of the most famous cartoon characters in the world," Metropole said in a statement.
Manufactured in close collaboration with SNCF Gares & Connexions and Casterman, the 1.32-metre tall captain was 3D printed in under three days. Once printed, Corto Maltese was polished, lacquered and spray painted for a more lifelike appearance.
Metropole purchased the two Massivit 1800 3D printers last March to extend its applications offering, win new business and strengthen its competitive edge.
The machines joined Metropole's fleet of advertising, printing and finishing solutions, and will be used to produce advertising and retail campaigns with added stopping-power, and to speed up production.
"The large-scale possibilities enabled by the Massivit 1800, and the undeniable WOW-factor demonstrated by what others have produced on it, were huge draws," commented Metropole director Patrice Boquého.
'Corto Maltese' is an Italian adventure comic book series named after the an enigmatic sea captain.
"We hope that [the new printers] will play a key role in accelerating our production turnaround time and enable us to consistently meet our customers' stringent deadlines," he added.
Customer reaction to the new technology has been significant, according to Boquého "Massivit 3D printing adds a significant business differentiator, he explained. "With the ability to create attention-grabbing, larger-than-life displays, we expect the technology to transform the way high-level themed-projects are created, particularly in the hospitality and architectural sectors."
Seated on a bench outside the Gare de Paris-Austerlitz station, Corto Maltese is inviting commuters to join him for a selfie until the 31st October.