"The OctoMadness": 3D printing a Zoetrope

3D Printing a Zoetrope “The OctoMadness” is created by Leapfrog 3D Printers and WaterMelon.

Inspired by Pixar and Ghibli and their desire to turn animation into something real, waterMelon challenged themselves to build a 3D printed Zoetrope for the 2014 KLIK animation festival. The OctoMadness is a combination of 3D animation, 3D printing, sawing, painting and gluing every piece together. It really embodies all of the things that WaterMelon loves to do.

Designer and animator Klaas-Harm de Boer, wanted to create very flexible characters that show the power and freedom of animation. This zoetrope enables the audience to see each individual frame separately and gives a great insight into creating the final animation.
A BIG thanks to everybody that got involved and put in their time and effort to make this one happen! Thanks for the great experience and collaboration!


  • Animation Director:
  • Klaas-Harm de Boer (waterMelon)
  • Next Empire:
  • Vincent Lindeboom (Producer)
  • Martijn Pannevis (Programmer)
  • Leapfrog 3D printing:
  • Mathijs Kossen (Owner)
  • Pim Rutgers (Supervisor)
  • Yoren Boeren (Printer)
  • Model painters:
  • Carin Baker
  • Arjen Klaverstijn
  • Muyu Lin
  • Menah Marleen
  • Jasper van Nieuwenhuizen
  • Saya Okubo
  • Tess Sturmann
  • Percy Tienhooven
  • Zoetrope engineer:
  • Harm de Boer
  • Editor:
  • Miguel A. Fernández
  • Grading:
  • Justin Baker
  • MassiveMusic:
  • Joep Beving
  • Moos Lamerus (Producer)
  • Tom Tukker (Musician)
  • Title Design:
  • Mark van de Vis
  • Copywriter:
  • Tieka Masfar
  • Special thanks to:
  • Yvonne van Ulden and the entire KLIK team for their great support.