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.
This is a physical zoetrope sculpture spinning on a turntable. The animation is not visible and appear as a blur to the naked eye. The video clip was recorded at 24 FPS and turntable speed at 45 RPM. It is the synchronicity of the number of sections, the recorded frame rate, and the speed of the turntable that creates the illusion of life.

3d zoetrope & animation by EKAH
“Neurograma” by Nicolás Gravel (a.k.a.
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: