Guest Speaker Brian McLean of LAIKA


On display until May 20th, many puppets, props, and sets from four incredible LAIKA films are part of a major exhibition at the Portland Art Museum (PAM). The exhibit highlights the dynamic and innovative abilities of the company's filmmakers, designers, and animators within the last ten years. The award-winning team is highly regarded for pushing the limits of stop-motion animation by way of blending state-of-the-art technologies with traditional techniques. FATHOM appreciates this hybridized approach because we also blend advanced technologies with foundational methods to drive greater innovation. That is why we were excited to host Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototyping at LAIKA, as the keynote speaker at our annual company kick-off in January. His presentation on how the team leverages 3D printing was impressive. They are definitely super users and we are honored he shared their story with us at our most important employee-focused event of the year.


LAIKA has been a FATHOM machine customer for years and McLean has been exploring additive technologies for more than a decade. Just recently, he was recognized with a Scientific and Engineering Oscar for his pioneering work in character animation. Check out an article on Digital Trends to learn more about him and the studio's adoption of 3D printing. There's also a great article published in 2012 on Engadget that highlights their extensive use of different technologies for movies like Coraline and ParaNorman.


The company is continuously advancing its use of 3D printing to advance the design and performance of stop-motion models. As for Stratasys related technologies, LAIKA currently leverages many PolyJet-based systems at its studio in Oregon—both the Connex3 and J750 platforms.

For its latest film, Kubo and the Two Strings, the team also collaborated with Stratasys on both software and hardware to further advance its full-color and multi-material capabilities. The results continue to make headlines.


If you are planning a trip to Portland anytime soon, be sure to check out the “Animating Life: The Art, Science, and Magic of LAIKA” exhibit. You can read more about LAIKA, the exhibition, and how its using its Stratasys 3D printers from FATHOM on  // Read Article


To learn more about how your team can accelerate and enhance its processes with enterprise-level 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, talk with a FATHOM expert today. Use the form above or email us directly at You can also read a recent case study about their use of PolyJet by Stratasys from FATHOM.