Chances are you’ve heard of Tomorrowland before. Perhaps you were even among the 180,000 music lovers who attended this year. As one of the largest electronic music festivals in the world, Tomorrowland is famed for its diverse lineup of DJs, its incredible fairytale-themed stages and décor, and record-breaking ticket sales.
Every year they release an introduction video to warm up festivalgoers, and this year’s theme was “The Elixir of Life”. We were tasked with the creation of a unique object which would function as one of the props in the video: a magical ring!
One of the biggest advantages of 3D Printing is of course its freedom of design. Which is exactly what was needed for this project: to fit in with the Tomorrowland esthetic, the design of the ring had to look organic and esoteric, as if a nimble woodland elf had crafted it with magic.
The “Elixir of Life” theme had a heavy focus on nature (mirrored in the impressive main stage, which was made to look like a giant tree) so the ring ended up with a design that mimicked the roots of a tree growing together. Not having any woodland elves at our disposal, we chose to use Stereolithography to print out the final design.
Although it was made out of resin, the ring was finished and cured to make the material seem like aged metal, and the precious stone was inlaid after the final touches had been added to the band. If you look closely, you can see it holding together the protagonist’s scarf in the Tomorrowland video at 1:52.