Unlock your inner Pixar with an easy animation Mac app [Deals]

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Become an instant animator thanks to powerful but intuitive tools.
Become an instant animator thanks to powerful but intuitive tools.
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Thanks to the internet, there are plenty of ways to express ourselves. From music, to blogging, vlogging, making memes and beyond, the list seems endless. So why is it that animation doesn’t come to mind? Maybe because it seems too hard, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Armored whale action figure is no fluke

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Mechawhales are the creation of 3D artist Hauke Scheer. Photo: Hauke Scheer
Mechawhales are the creation of 3-D artist Hauke Scheer. Photo: Hauke Scheer

If you want to skip out on posing for photos during the next family vacation, do what Hauke Scheer plans to do — use a 3-D-printed version of yourself as a stand-in.

The Scheer family might let him get away with it, since the fully articulated action figure of himself that he created is a pretty good likeness. The quality of his miniature plastic doppelganger — and the geeky scheme to get out of family portraits — tell you something about Scheer, 39, who earns a living making 3-D-printed figures of mechanized whales and other crazy characters from his home in Frankfurt, Germany.

“I am a total geek with a huge collection of comics, science fiction and fantasy movies and, of course, action figures,” Scheer, who runs Deep Fried Figures, told Cult of Mac. “I started sculpting my own figures during my early teenage years at a time when lots of characters I loved were not available in figure form. After a while, I realized it was even more fun to make characters of my own.”

This bacon looks so delicious you won’t believe it’s not real

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Bacon is delicious, even if it's fake. Photo: Side Effects Software
Bacon is delicious, even if it's fake. Photo: Side Effects Software

What does the bacon above have in common with The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Both were created with 3D animation software called Houdini by Toronto-based Side Effects Software.

The newest release is coming next month, and, as you can see in the stunning video below, it’s going to further revolutionize the world of 3D animation in movies, TV and video games.

Check the video out below, and try not to lick your screen when the bacon shows up.