A VR sculptor built a life-size T-Rex that he puts into reality


People ask VR sculptor Simon Clark why he builds a life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex and 3D prints it one piece at a time.

“Why not?” Clark responds. “If people can’t have, or don’t have, virtual reality, what better way to bring it out into the real world so people can actually see it?”

At 75 kilograms (165 pounds) of 3D printing filament so far, the New Zealander reckons he’s approaching the midpoint of his life-size model of a full T-Rex skeleton. He’s already sold the smallest he made in 2020, and his continuous learning process in VR modeling has led him to new tools with bigger aspirations. He used SculptrVR for his initial work, but he’s now gotten his hands on Shapelab and is moving the work into tools like Blender, animating them in Masterpiece Motion, and even publishing them for visitors in VRChat.

Clark’s T-Rex is available in one VRChat world while another houses a collection of oversized animated insects he designed.

“We’re still in the early days of all this creativity side of VR development,” Clark told UploadVR during a recent tour of his work. “It gets better and better every year.”

Here are some images of Clark, known as Topgunsi online, alongside the gigantic 3D-printed dinosaur as he gathers:

Check out the visit and an in-depth look at his process in the video interview below:

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