Move over, Han Solo in carbonite.
Darth Vader has arrived, and he’s in carbonite, too. Then again, this might just be the best revenge one can have.
This project is the brainchild of Salient Technologies, a company that offers services such as product design, reverse engineering, 3D modeling, prototyping, animation, and then some.
While all that sounds like so much work, the team also knows how to have fun (seems like a great place to work, doesn’t it?). And what better way to prove that than to make Darth Vader in carbonite?
Based on their blog post about how Darth Vader in carbonite was made, the process the team used is called vacuum foaming.
I’ll be honest here. I have no idea what that is all about, so here’s the explanation straight from the horse’s mouth:
Vacuum forming works when you heat up a sheet of plastic in a jig and lower it over a positive form of the shape you want to create. As it lowers onto the mold, a vacuum table (like the reverse of an air hockey table) sucks the air out from under the plastic, forming it around the mold shape. This is a really handy process for making cases, large panels, and packaging.
That makes more sense, doesn’t it?
Here’s a video of how Salient Technologies made this awesome thingamajig.
If you want to make your own – yes, you can! – check out the instructions here.
One last thing: the guys at Salient Technologies are really cool. They also 3D-printed a Dalek for Yahtzee! last year.
If this doesn’t impress you, you’re one tough customer.