In Mission Impossible III at 48 minutes in there is a scene in which they make one of the signature Mission Impossible latex face masks using a portable sculpting machine to create the pattern. Does this kind of machine really exist or is it fantastic?

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  • It's less complicated than 3D-printing, so why should it not exist?
    – Aganju
    Jun 14, 2020 at 17:02
  • Yes and no. It's a CNC machine but no one make them that small because moving parts cannot be THAT small. dunagroup.com/usa/products/foams/corafoam-prop-foam Jun 15, 2020 at 7:16
  • @SZCZERZOKŁY Doesn't look like any CNC machine I have ever seen. What model are you are referring to? Jun 15, 2020 at 13:01
  • "... or is it fantastic?" - It sure is fantastic. Real? I don't know. :P Jun 15, 2020 at 16:52
  • @TylerDurden In the link I used there, a pciture with firefighter show the machine on robot arm that can move in 3 dimensions. Their machine is just very, very specialized which almost no company will do because it's just non-economical. Jun 16, 2020 at 7:17

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A CNC machine could do the same thing. It's a 3D printer, however latex is a tricky substance since it starts off liquid and requires time to cure. So the machine would work, but far slower than the movie.

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