3D printed Frankenstein. Source: WhiteClouds
3D printed Frankenstein. Source: WhiteClouds


Frankenstein, also called The Modern Prometheus, was written by Mary Shelley and published anonymously in 1818. The tale of Frankenstein was inspired by a dream. One night, while in the company of Percy, her husband, Lord Byron, and John Polidori, Lord Byron posed a challenge as to who could write the best horror story. After several days of pondering, Shelley had the dream that later become her iconic, chilling story of Frankenstein.

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Model Specs

Designer: Kelly Root

Number of Layers: 1395 layers

Layer Resolution: 89 Microns (Slightly thinner than a human hair.)

Build time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Dimensions: 2 x 5 x 5.5”

Printer: ProJet 660Pro

Software: Maya and Photoshop

Fun Character Facts:

  • The monster of Frankenstein doesn’t actually have a name. He is usually called by the last name of his creator, Victor Frankenstein.
  • There are countless novels, toys, movies, and more retelling the story or depicting Frankenstein.
  • 1816, the year that Shelley had the dream of Frankenstein, was called the “Year Without a Summer” as the previous year Mount Tambora had erupted, and caused a volcanic winter from the ash. The dreary weather may have helped to fuel Shelley’s imagination

Designer Note:

Root states, “Frankenstein is a very well-known character, but the standard look that most people associate with him, the green skin, flat head, bolts in his neck, etc. are all under copyright. So I had to go about and design him in such a way as to make a recognizable character but still give him my own flare. He was a fun character to work on.”

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