One of the highlights of last March’s SXSW Film Festival was Print the Legend, which is almost certainly the world’s first feature length documentary on 3D printing. Directed by Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel, the film-making duo behind arcade game documentary epic The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, it follows the trials and tribulations of MakerBot and Formlabs during the time that they brought their first desktop devices to market.
As anybody who knows the real life story can attest, there is plenty of drama, intrigue and betrayal there to make a great film, and the jury at SXSW agreed, giving Print the Legend their special recognition award for editing and storytelling. Netflix also took notice, acquiring the rights to the film soon after.
Now, after a long wait, we’ve got a release date – from September 26th you can stream the film through your Netflix account.
Though we’ve yet to see it for ourselves, it will be a must-watch for anybody interested in the burgeoning 3D print industry. However you feel about MakerBot and its various activities, nobody can deny its central importance in the short history of 3D printing and Print the Legend promises to tell, at least, part of the story.
In a statement at the time of the film’s acquisition, the film-makers said:
From the day we knew the 3D printing world would be our focus, we set out sights on a SXSW premiere. To premiere in front of the most tech savvy and entrepreneurial festival crowd in the world and partner with the Netflix documentary team – who work brilliantly at the cutting edge of distribution – is truly a dream come true.