3D printed Little Red Riding Hood. Source: WhiteClouds
3D printed Little Red Riding Hood. Source: WhiteClouds

History

The story of Little Red Riding Hood is a popular one, dating back to the 10th century, told to French Peasants. The earliest print version of the tale is written by Charles Perrault in 1697. The story was later retold by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.

In the tale, Little Red Riding Hood goes to visit her grandmother. Carrying a basket of goodies, she follows the path and comes across a wolf, who wants to eat her and the food in the basket. She speaks to the wolf and tells him where she is headed. The wolf then heads up the path ahead of her. Red arrives at her grandmother’s house. Unbeknownst to Red, her grandmother has already been eaten by the wolf, who is masquerading as the old woman. The wolf then eats her, too.

In the original stories, this is where the tale ends. But in later versions, a lumberjack or hunter comes along with an axe and cuts open the sleeping wolf, allowing Red and her grandmother to emerge unharmed from the wolf’s belly. In less frightening versions, the grandmother is simply locked in the closet and the huntsman saves Red before she is eaten.

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Model Specs

Designer: Kelly Root

Number of Layers: 1374

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

Build time: 7 hours, 3 minutes

Dimensions: 4.4 x 5.5 x 5.5”

Printer: ProJet 660Pro

Software: Maya and Photoshop

Fun Character Facts:

  • Little Red Riding Hood, also called Little Red Cap, is a French fairy tale.
  • Red is sometimes portrayed as a wolf herself, such as in the television series Once Upon a Time.
  • Modern interpretations of Little Red Riding Hood ponder the themes of ritual, rebirth, and natural cycles.

Root states, “For Little Red Riding Hood, I wanted to come up with a way to convey the character without it being too recognizable compared to any other versions done of her. My biggest thought for that was to include the environment somehow without going too overboard. So I used a method to create a type of bush that I thought would be an interesting way of showing that object after it was printed.”

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