The Magic Lantern: Part 2 - Live Event

The Magic Lantern: Part 2 is the second installment of an ongoing series of interactive animation projects and kinetic art, which explores the art of animation through various, animation-viewing contraptions of the old and the new. This installment of the Magic Lantern focused on animated sculptures created from modern tools such as 3D printing.  A live presentation was streamed online on October 26, 2020, hosted by the Urbana Free Library. The presentation was divided into two parts - showcasing of animated shorts and kinetic art, then a live-demo of 3d-printed zoetrope.
Video recorded at 24 FPS with record player speed setting at 45 RPM.
3d zoetrope & animation by EKAH
Music:
“Neurograma” by Nicolás Gravel (a.k.a. bio.nico)
Used under CC By-NC license.
https://freemusicarchive.org/music/bionico
The 3d-printed zoetrope consists of approximately 530 pieces printed individually at a total of more than 150 machine hours. 
Digital modeling and pre-visualizing of the animation was created in Autodesk's 3ds Max.
Some process images below.

3D printing a "conveyor" wedge of the zoetrope. The piece shown in the video takes over 2 hours to print. There are 32 sections in a wheel. Just the conveyor base alone took a total of 64 machine hours to print on a single 3D printer.

Digital modeling in 3ds Max Scene
Digital modeling in 3ds Max Scene
Pre-visualization rendered in Autodesk's 3ds Max
Pre-visualization rendered in Autodesk's 3ds Max

Digital models and animation were created in Autodesk's 3ds Max.


This project was in part funded by the Urbana Arts & Culture Program and the City of Urbana. 
To learn more about the previous Magic Lantern project, you can read this recap and in-depth review of the first Magic Lantern presentation from Debra Domal of Smile Politely:
EKAH and The Magic Lantern: a story of technology, animation, and public arts support
You can also view 2019's animated zoetropes here:
https://steampunkgrub.art/the-magic-lantern