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Meet The First 3D Printed Zoetrope…That Creates 3D Motion

Artist Akinori Goto showcased his mesmerising zoetrope-like wheel, which when illuminated with light unveils a life-like dancing figure.

A zoetrope is a device that was once used to give still images the illusion of movement in the pre-cinema age. Akinori Goto has taken the concept and applied modern design techniques to achieve something mind-blowing.

The piece, which was entirely 3D-printed, won both the Runner-up Grand Prix and the Audience Award during the 2016 Spiral Independent Creators Festival in Tokyo.


Goto’s clever design mimicked the movement of ballerinas, beginning with just one, before the entire wheel was filled with them.




As different amounts of light illuminate the wheel, the number of synchronised dancers increase and decrease.

You can find out more about the process here:

This is the wikipedia Zoetrope definition:

A zoetrope is one of several pre-film animation devices that produce the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of drawings or photographs showing progressive phases of that motion. The name Zoetrope was composed from the Greek root words ζωή zoe, “life” and τρόπος tropos, “turning”.

The zoetrope consists of a cylinder with slits cut vertically in the sides. On the inner surface of the cylinder is a band with images from a set of sequenced pictures. As the cylinder spins, the user looks through the slits at the pictures across. The scanning of the slits keeps the pictures from simply blurring together, and the user sees a rapid succession of images, producing the illusion of motion. From the late 19th century, devices working on similar principles have been developed, named analogously as linear zoetropes and 3D zoetropes, with traditional zoetropes referred to as “cylindrical zoetropes” if distinction is needed.

Vivid Sydney Festival 2016

An amazing festival of light, music and ideas

The Vivid Sydney Festival is a great show of ligths and colors which takes place every year since 2009 in the australian capital. With its immersive installations and projections this is the biggest light, sound and ideas festival int the world.

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