The guys over at Eidos built a real life replica of Adam Jensen’s robotic arm from Deus Ex: Human Revolution. In addition to it being life sized, the arm is also very detailed. Ton’s of little details such as carbon fiber, screws, and even some ‘cautionary’ text can be seen.
Building the arm was a multi-step process which required the work of many talented individuals. The arm was first 3D modeled in a sculpting program, in this case they used ZBrush. The program allows users to work with millions of polygons to create the most detailed objects they possibly can. The 3D model is then sent to a 3D printer for printing.
After printing, a trained sculpture artist will then take the print and work on improving it. Smoothing the edges and shapes, adding in more detail that the printer couldn’t print. After the print is finalized it is taken to a molding station. Making a mold of a sculpture is important if you are planning to make multiple copies. Finally, the sculpture is painted, this brings the piece to life since a lot of small details are added with in the painting process as well.
You guys can see a visual tour of how the sculpture was made and pictures of the final sculpture below;