This is what a 3D printed video looks like

This music video puts a clever twist on stop motion - and you can download the files for free!

There was once a time when the rise of CG animation led to predictions that traditional animation techniques like stop motion would eventually wither away and die.

But despite (or perhaps because of) lacking the smooth movement and perfect lines of digital, stop motion seems to go from strength to strength, and artists continue to find new and interesting takes on the artform. And here's a great example.

For their latest song 'We are Explorers', electronic band Cut Copy teamed up with directors Masa Kawamura, Qanta Shimizu and Aramique Krauthamer to created this stop-motion music video featuring around 200 3D-printed figurines created using Cinema 4D.

And if you want to continue the story yourself, you can download the 3D files for free, print them and re-imagine the narrative with your own stop-motion creation here.

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Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specialising in design and technology. He was previously associate editor at Creative Bloq and deputy editor at net magazine, the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers. Over two decades in journalism he’s worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, Heat, Company and Bella. Follow him on Twitter @tom_may.