I was working late one Wednesday evening when the Incept 3D phones started ringing. It was a gentleman from the props department at 30 Rock in New York. He explained that the show needed a snow globe with the Atlas statue that sits in front of Rockefeller Center, and he needed it by the weekend because they were shooting on Monday. He had no CAD file (the files 3D printers use), which meant someone would need to design this from scratch.
Generally Incept 3D does not do design work. However, I know a talented CAD artist from the stop-motion industry. I asked if he was available to stay up all night and design this statue. A few pots of coffee later the CAD file was in my inbox, and by Friday morning one of our high resolution 3D printers had produced it with microscopic 16 micron layers.
And that was that. With jobs going on at all times, it’s very easy to forget about them once they’re out the door. However, one morning at Starbucks I overheard a conversation about 30 Rock, and somewhere along the way they mentioned a snow globe. “Oh yeah!” I exclaimed, which caught everyone around me off guard. I looked into it further and, sure enough, there it was in the very closing moments of the show.