Well, this is something a bit different. French artist Julien Maire has created an animated short, in which each frame of the animation is a 3d printed model:

“Relief is a reel of film that’s not actually film at all. It’s a long, looped strip of miniature figurines, 3-D printed out of translucent resin. Each one looks a little like a toy soldier, but instead of guns and grenades, each of the 85 statuettes shows a different posture of a man, shoveling dirt in and out of a hole in the ground. The strip of figurines is attached to a projector, which shines light through the figures.”

from Wired Magazine

Maire produced the piece while on a residency at the Brussels iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology. It is an interesting idea, and one that, to me, really seems to bring home the idea of the craft that animation is – the labor intensive work that goes in to making a piece of animation. This is an idea which is easy to forget with the highly polished CG work we see from Pixar and Dreamworks, and it’s nice to see someone doing something different with the form.