Weta Workshop's 3D-Printed Giant Eyeballs!

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When Adam visited Weta Workshop early last year, he stopped by their 3D printing lab to check out their research and experiments in 3D printing full-color eyeballs for exhibition figures and effects work. Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor and 3D artist Tor Robinson show Adam examples of anatomically accurate printed eyeballs that push the limits of high tech fabrication!
Read more about Tor's 3D printed eye projects at Weta Workshop: www.wetaworkshop.com/news/weta-workshop-sets-its-sights-on-giant-human-eyes/
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  • Read more about Tor's 3D printed eye projects at Weta Workshop: www.wetaworkshop.com/news/weta-workshop-sets-its-sights-on-giant-human-eyes/ facebook.com/WetaWorkshop/posts/10157095378432303 facebook.com/WetaWorkshop/posts/10157097006382303

    Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s Tested26 päivää sitten
    • I wonder if she made Alita's eyes for the statue they had at the premiere.

      spankeyfishspankeyfish25 päivää sitten
    • Hey Adam, I love your videos and I might have a challenge for you if you're up for it. Since you are really good at making spaces I was wondering if you could make a replica of an SK-1 soviet cosmonaut space suit.

      JacksterJackster25 päivää sitten
  • I wonder if her advances in 3d printing could have a really valuable educational purpose too. She could do a lot with this talent.

    JbubblesJbubblesPäivä sitten
  • Very cool, be honest I thought I canceled my subscription months ago. It got irritating in member chat, I always got passed over to matter what, so why pay for a channel subscription.

    Jon IrvingJon IrvingPäivä sitten
    • Apologies, Jon. We recognize your name from the live chats. Sometimes if Adam can't think of an answer, or a good answer, he'll skip a question. Thank you for the support you gave us for the previous months.

      Adam Savage’s TestedAdam Savage’s TestedPäivä sitten
  • *person who has watched all of the behind the scenes extras on the “Lord of the Rings” discs* “Richard Taylor! There he is - my man!”

    Andrew GormanAndrew Gorman2 päivää sitten
  • those eye opening look like mouths

    No BoNo Bo3 päivää sitten
  • I see yarrrr

    Greasy CockGreasy Cock3 päivää sitten
  • As seen in the corridor digital building and WETA all VFX studios have a weapons gallery that could get you swatted by the FBI.

    creepazecreepaze4 päivää sitten
  • wow

    محمد حاتمیمحمد حاتمی6 päivää sitten
  • Subtitulo en español

    fausto gimenezfausto gimenez6 päivää sitten
  • Creeeepy

    Brian OlsonBrian Olson6 päivää sitten
  • why are adam's fingers so dirty... eeeek

    NeonWordsNeonWords7 päivää sitten
  • @0:49 watch the eye behind the skin at the bottom... looks like it's following you

    Raymond MoggRaymond Mogg7 päivää sitten
  • She needs to do a Zeiss Cybereye.

    Johannes DolchJohannes Dolch7 päivää sitten
  • Weta Workshop never stops amazing me!

    Nuno DiasNuno Dias8 päivää sitten
  • Looks so awesome Tor is so talented :0 It did kind of seem like Richard kept cutting off Tor and explaining stuff for her tho :/

    Lexiiaa LLexiiaa L12 päivää sitten
  • WOW!

    Flokroll ProjectsFlokroll Projects13 päivää sitten
  • 3d modeling eyes for game characters is remarkably similar to the approach used here. Literally every point they made about colors, intensities, limbus and topology apply to 3d character modeling too. Brilliant stuff.

    XaltarXaltar13 päivää sitten
  • It’s a Stratasys inkjet printer. Why didn’t they just mention that? “Voxel” prining is useless jargon. All 3D inkjet printers work that way, and voxel is an MRI term, not a standard 3D-printing term.

    David McCoulDavid McCoul14 päivää sitten
  • Hey Adam, did you get a chance to visit with JFA while you were at wetta? You hinted at another video about a year ago

    Robert KellyRobert Kelly14 päivää sitten
    • That was supposed to be “Weta”

      Robert KellyRobert Kelly14 päivää sitten
  • Someone needs to go back and watch the glow in the dark how snot spreads the flu.

    HotRodder=RecyclerHotRodder=Recycler14 päivää sitten
  • Weta i love this place their digitigrade legs are amazing

    Jonathan davisJonathan davis14 päivää sitten
  • Adam Is it possible to print out the eye prestizes for people who don't have one of the eyes???? Scan good eye and print out the copy??? Add light sensing micro chip for iris to widen and shrink????

    MeteorMeteor14 päivää sitten
  • 👍🙂👍

    My PerspectiveMy Perspective14 päivää sitten
  • I think Adam Savage is the only person who can get away with nasty, dirty fingernails. In his case it is an indication of authenticity. Also, where is the process of them making these? I want to see it in action! Maybe it's a company secret...I still want to see it.

    Jeff BergstromJeff Bergstrom15 päivää sitten
  • Thank you so much for making this video. Many years ago, I made acrylic eyes with the Madame Tussaud's Studio in London. Technology has come on such a long way. We would have to hand paint the striations to build up depth in many layers. The edge between the sclera and iris was made by quite a lot of grinding down and sanding before the next clear level. I can see 3D printing is the way forward in eye making, not only for accuracy but for the time it takes to make a pair. Great studio work

    Lisa RuizLisa Ruiz15 päivää sitten
  • Can I buy an eye and lid cover from you? Human size?

    Benecya JacksonBenecya Jackson16 päivää sitten
  • Adam, I was wondering if you or any of the lovely people at Weta have any examples of or demonstrations of the eyeballs in use or of their applications. I loved seeing the video, but I want to understand why the accuracy is so important by seeing how they've been used in the past.

    Azurite CoastAzurite Coast16 päivää sitten
  • "To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree." - Charles Darwin

    fasfanfasfan16 päivää sitten
  • Giant Eyes - A lot of googling. Hah!

    iNNeRKaoSiNNeRKaoS17 päivää sitten
  • Esa chica es una maga en su trabajo

    Joe CastusJoe Castus17 päivää sitten
  • "This is a doctor's level of knowledge" "It was a lot of, like, googling"

    Mastermindyoung14Mastermindyoung1417 päivää sitten
  • "I don't know such stuff! I just do eyes!"

    4ngrym4n4ngrym4n17 päivää sitten
  • Nothing betta than free work. I mean internship.

    QuestchaunQuestchaun17 päivää sitten
  • Wow, i am so happy Weta is working with the next generation of folks. They where the kids of yesterday who where not afraid to try new things. She is amazing and i am so happy my favorite fx team is doing things like this. Oh i am gushing as a fan.

    Sprazzlebolt Steamgear IIISprazzlebolt Steamgear III17 päivää sitten
  • I love the use of inside out esun pla boxes as product packaging.

    TheMrDrAwesomeTheMrDrAwesome17 päivää sitten
  • The uncanny valley for me is that I attended the same university she did. That's uncanny. I never hear about places that are relevant to *me*, from *Adam Savage*. Any comment on coronavirus in NZ?

    Alex CAlex C17 päivää sitten
  • TronXY!? I'm shocked. It's not bad, just surprising.

    kurt lindnerkurt lindner17 päivää sitten
  • Chu.... if only you could see what I have seen with your eyes....

    Dr. 23Dr. 2317 päivää sitten
  • I need some of these for my VR headset!

    Jeremy CatchesJeremy Catches17 päivää sitten
  • Adam won't even clean up his fingernails when he's visiting another shop, knowing his hands will be on closeups. I bet he's the kind of guy that has horrible B.O. but nobody will tell him.

    David EmmerichDavid Emmerich18 päivää sitten
  • Now they just need to figure out how to make the iris “float” when the eye moves.

    ArailtArailt18 päivää sitten
  • Richard will always have a special place in my heart for taking me through hours and hours of LOTR material Edited to add: On the DVDs and Blu-Rays that is. Not in person.

    Smaakjeks KSmaakjeks K18 päivää sitten
  • Richard Taylor hasn’t aged in 20 years

    Tom PoyntonTom Poynton18 päivää sitten
  • Meanwhile we over here with our eye consisting of a white circle and a black dot lol

    Team Sunrise CosplayTeam Sunrise Cosplay19 päivää sitten
  • That's really innovative use of the fleshlight for the eyeball surround too ...

    Bob JaneBob Jane19 päivää sitten
  • "I just do eyes.." -Weta Workshop artist, probably.

    SuicideNeilSuicideNeil19 päivää sitten
  • 8:47

    عبدالله الغفيليعبدالله الغفيلي19 päivää sitten
  • Watching Richard in the extended trilogy from LOTR will always be my favorite he’s always been passionate about every word he says

    Chris PChris P19 päivää sitten
  • 11:32 adam gently sets down the goat eye other guy tosses it into the box with a loud "CLACK!"

    Vasectomy FailVasectomy Fail19 päivää sitten
  • I wear a prosthetic eye. Could you make a prosthetic eye that would house a powerful 1 watt + burning laser diode? I want to be superman.

    LeafFreedomLeafFreedom19 päivää sitten
  • you can use that eye socket for something else too...

    Terry KayTerry Kay19 päivää sitten
  • Seeing both Adam and Richard be like kids that know nothing next to Tor and both just fully showing that and not having even an hint of elitism because of their work history etc is amazing. A person as young as Tor just blowing them out of the water is fucking awesome!

    Marcus LindgrenMarcus Lindgren19 päivää sitten
  • I love how Richard and Adam both have filthy fingers. Presumably from rummaging around WETA all day.

    Gary HerbertGary Herbert19 päivää sitten
  • i managed a Stratasys machine and they are the gold standard in 3d printing, amazing work

    I.OI.O20 päivää sitten
  • Smart people should breed

    American Nomad NewsAmerican Nomad News20 päivää sitten
  • I could watch this for HOURS! Truly phenomenal work Tor!

    Patrick DeCanioPatrick DeCanio20 päivää sitten
  • Thanks, Adam and Weta! After having watched so many hours of LOTR behind-the-scenes footage with RICH-ud TAY-luh (gotta love that distinctive voice and crisp Kiwi accent!), I feel like I've been missing out on his practical effects updates/tutelage since. So awesome that Weta is putting so much R&D into these physical eyeballs, when most productions would just go CG nowadays. The hills and valleys of the iris look especially amazing on the giant-size eyeballs. Great job, Tor; great to see this cross-generational collaboration at Weta creating state-of-the-art versions of traditional effects.

    DanHarkless ﴾Halloween, theme parks, YTPs, & more﴿DanHarkless ﴾Halloween, theme parks, YTPs, & more﴿20 päivää sitten
  • this is phenomenal

    gorch fothgorch foth20 päivää sitten
  • 0:50 It looks like a The Residents video David Bowie's video "Lazarus" - they could have devoted a bit more time to making the eyes. I'm surprised they didn't talk to ocular prosthetic manufacturers.They have been making realistic eyes for decades.

    Paul GPaul G20 päivää sitten
    • Centuries, actually. And the time-honored glass eyes are still better than the plastics, in my opinion. AND they're actually faster to make! The bulk of the time needed when a new one is made, is for the cooling down of the glass. Sloooow cooling; don't want any cracks in there, please.

      Torsten LifTorsten Lif10 päivää sitten
  • Tor is going to become a master at the leading edge of these forms of special effects - I can see the day where surgeons will come to her for "false eyes" for people who have actually lost an eye. She's on the border of absolute greatness in her field.

    Johnathan SaegalJohnathan Saegal20 päivää sitten
  • So why are they made at 2.4 scale? Odd... Are the models in movies not 1:1 ?

    Roland JollivetRoland Jollivet20 päivää sitten
  • Tor? I thought she was the Mona Lisa?

    Roland JollivetRoland Jollivet20 päivää sitten
  • Amazingly talented young lady. Fantastic final product.

    Joe PieczynskiJoe Pieczynski20 päivää sitten
  • @7:17 - I wonder what vicious process led to that blackened fingernail? Is that paint or did you smash it with a hammer?

    Jerry AtricksJerry Atricks20 päivää sitten
  • She is adorable and brilliant.

    Beefalo BartBeefalo Bart20 päivää sitten
  • these look amazing!

    Tedi47Tedi4721 päivä sitten
  • A perfect example on how Weta is cultivating genius by investing in young makers. By bringing people into the shop while they are in their professionally embryonic stage, they are exponentially advancing the methodology of creating. A truly wonderful company.

    seanylewlseanylewl21 päivä sitten
  • I need a new ocularists in a bad way. And I'd love to find one using this tech. I hope someone figures out a way to make this tech available broadly. I would have loved to grow up with a matching eye of such quality. They say the "eyes are the mirror of the soul". Imagine having one that is a misfit. Ocularistist aren't well known but they are well loved. :)

    Nathaniel RobinsonNathaniel Robinson21 päivä sitten
  • I want to put one in my stinker spread my cheeks and jump backwards at people screaming

    RücklichtRücklicht21 päivä sitten
  • Now Tor must make us a Realistic 3D printed Onion

    Anoir Ben TanfousAnoir Ben Tanfous21 päivä sitten
  • I'm not an expert but those 3d prints kind of look like eyeballs

    THEN NOWTHEN NOW21 päivä sitten
  • Optometrist here, for extra challenge, please also make eyes with visible arcus senilis along the inside of the limbus line. 😉

    kriisakkriisak21 päivä sitten
  • huge wetashop fan, ever bigger adam savage fan, and love all about eyes, how to draw them, tried to make some in resin by layers, TOTALLY ADORED this video!!! =D

    octaneoctane21 päivä sitten
  • I'm glad she picked out the hazel! As someone with hazel eyes I found GREAT appreciation in the details of the color mix that just made them stand out. What fantastic prints! Tor needs to write a couple papers, for sure!

    Wes PlybonWes Plybon21 päivä sitten
  • Tor is like a female Hannibal Chew, “I just do eyes”.

    ControlledWrinklesControlledWrinkles21 päivä sitten
  • Tor is going to have an incredible career. She in very talented, those eyes are amazing.

    Camhin1Camhin121 päivä sitten
  • Welcome to the NZ fam adam

    Scarlett WoodroffeScarlett Woodroffe21 päivä sitten
  • Blade Runner, anyone?

    Jax 49Jax 4922 päivää sitten
  • Eye Eye Capt !

    M WingM Wing22 päivää sitten
  • Weta is always on another level

    CinothrilCinothril22 päivää sitten
  • Got to meet and talk to Richard Taylor when I was 16. The guy is a true gentleman. He took an hour out of his hectic day to meet with me and talk about LOTR. It was one of the loveliest moments of my life. Thank you Richard 👍

    Cory RosenbergCory Rosenberg22 päivää sitten
  • The girl deserves a price for that achievement! Really, I mean it!

    Leinad ReignLeinad Reign22 päivää sitten
  • This is so amazingly beautiful, I Immediately wished I was there so I could tell her how awesome I think these prints are. She has done something very very special with this project, and I can't imagine that the results of her experimentations won't reach out and expand into many other use-cases. That 3D feathering man, it's astounding

    senseimaster9000senseimaster900022 päivää sitten
  • Anyone else notice the Cube 2 picture behind Adam? I wonder what that’s about

    LeftBlankLeftBlank22 päivää sitten
  • Next level of cringe on that busted nails... take care...

    angelbarangelbar22 päivää sitten
  • this would change prosthetic eyes forever. PLEASE make that happen

    Adam W HankinsAdam W Hankins22 päivää sitten
  • Was Adam and Richard digging in the garden before looking at these eyes? lol. Their hands look like what mine look like after gardening or painting models.

    Brian's BuildsBrian's Builds22 päivää sitten
  • Adam always asks the right questions

    Cameron WebsterCameron Webster22 päivää sitten
  • For anyone curious, this is done on a “material jetting” 3d printer (Stratasys J750) it’s a printer that has been developed by Stratasys to print human anatomy models…

    Daniel PierceDaniel Pierce22 päivää sitten
  • Most impressive.

    Jackson BrownJackson Brown22 päivää sitten
  • white white white.... everywhere on youtube see whites bragging how hard working they are... as if they did all this by themselves... lovely

    Not_A_GamerNot_A_Gamer22 päivää sitten
  • 12:41 pun intended?

    Sebastian GiesSebastian Gies22 päivää sitten
  • Right now the coolest things are made with 3D printers. 3D here 3D printer there, more cheap ones on ebay, amazon or kickstarter. Everybody should have gotten at least in contact with one by now. You should really start getting into some CAD now(!) otherwise the ship has sailed. Give it some more years for the other patents (eg. CLIP by carbon) to expire and spare parts are created at home more efficiently, not sent by the manufacturer. Hold that thought.

    kainianerkainianer22 päivää sitten
  • Adam, scrub those fingernails man!

    NozyspyNozyspy22 päivää sitten
  • filthy fingers and nails on a girls hard work :S And dont get me started on the "wheres your mask?"

    HaristessHaristess22 päivää sitten
    • WETA is based in New Zealand and we don’t need masks as we don’t have community transmission of COVID-19.

      Thomas MurdochThomas Murdoch22 päivää sitten
  • Unbelievable fidelity and finishing.

    ApexApex23 päivää sitten
  • The thing that stood out for me in this video (apart from the AMAZING work) was Richards obvious and almost fatherly pride in Tor and her abilities.

    majuss06majuss0623 päivää sitten
  • until they figure out how to consistently replace peoples real eyes in post and continue to use contact lenses that will remain an disengaging experience for me because i can _always_ clearly tell when someone is wearing a colored contact as an artist i know eyes, spend a few decades being frustrated by them and youll understand completely what the guy is saying and contacts, no matter how beautifully crafted, are a poor covering that fakes detail at the expense of immersion ... G'kar from B5 for example or Drax from GotG ... any time they need a full eye change and go the contact route im taken out of the experience because it stands out so badly to me

    mouserrmouserr23 päivää sitten
  • Would have been cool to get a glimpse at the software sculpting side of this

    Kevin SpencerKevin Spencer23 päivää sitten
  • Very cool! Lots of respect from Belgium!!!

    Antistatic PlaygroundAntistatic Playground23 päivää sitten