Fan of the TV series Vikings? It’s bloody, brutal and brilliant. The History Channel is sharing 3D print files of props featured in the show.
“Vikings” is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst for the History Channel. Filmed on location in Ireland, it first premiered on 3 March 2013 in Canada and the United States, and has gone on to become an international hit.
Now in its fourth season of berserker fury and bloody carnage, the show has taken an unusual step for historical accuracy. They’re using 3D printing to fabricate some of the authentic props worn and used by the cast.
Every episode this season, at least one key item onscreen was designed and fabricated by 3DBrooklyn. And in a magnificent spirit of generosity, the History Channel has made the STL files available for download, so you can recreate your own souvenirs from the show.
History Channel recreates the Past with 3D Printing
To date there are four STL files available, with more being added every Friday for the duration of the season. These include items of jewelry, model boats, and — of course — a mystical rune to ward off evil spirits.
The History Channel is also holding a sweepstakes contest on their Facebook page to give away the actual props, in the event you don’t have access to a 3D printer to make them yourself. The collection is also being mirrored on MyMiniFactory.
This isn’t the first time that a TV channel is pushing for multi-platform marketing via the medium of 3D printing. Earlier this year, the SyFy channel announced a partnership with Thingiverse to make 3D printable models and props available from several shows, as part of a promotional push for “The Expanse”.
The point of difference here, meanwhile, is that actual props featured in the show are being shared. It’s a powerful demonstration of how 3D printing can benefit modern TV and film production, and brings fans one step closer to immersion in their favorite dramas.
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