As many of us fellow Game of Thrones fans can certainly attest to, the worst part about the fantastical and expressively gory HBO television show is when a season ends. Suddenly, we’re left without a reason to celebrate Sunday nights for the better part of the year, and instead must accept the beginning of the arduous week without knowing how our favorite characters are faring in George R.R. Martin’s unpredictable and addictive fantasy world. Even those who don’t watch the show as religiously as others are guaranteed to have heard about some of the latest twists and turns in Westeros, whether they want to know or not.
There are a few ways to get yourself through the drawling and slow-moving Game of Thrones off-season, one of which includes 3D printing some of the many props that have been 3D modeled in celebration of the show. 3D printing technology was even utilized on the show itself during Season 6 premiere, as the prestigious 3D printing service bureau Shapeways helped produce a dagger that was maliciously used by the Sand Snakes in the kingdom of Dorne. While some of us have used this emerging technology to create a miniaturized version of the Iron Throne for ourselves, one Russian cement company is going above and beyond by 3D printing a life-sized version of Winterfell, the rightful kingdom of the show’s most beloved and unfortunate family, the Starks.The company, called the Yekaterinburg Cement Factory, is reproducing the dreary homeland right on their own grounds, showcasing the use of new technologies like 3D printing, as well as their love for the high fantasy show. The company used a gigantic industrial-sized cement 3D printer to pour liquid cement around segments of a steel frame. The project itself is not labor-intensive at all, and will almost be fully constructed with their cement 3D printer, which will be supervised by three individuals. The three employees working on the project, who include the factory’s computer programmer, will be tasked with simply supervising the printer as it squeezes out material and forms the sausage-shaped cement structures layer by layer. According to Rinat Brilin, the boss of the Yekaterinburg Cement Factory, the team has already constructed a two-story building on their premises that measures out to be six meters long, three meters wide, and six meters high. All in all, the 3D printed kingdom will act as a tourist attraction for die-hard Game of Thrones fans, and will also display the advanced nature of the company’s cement 3D printing technology.
“Why this castle?” said Brilin. “First of all, it is, in my view, very beautiful. And it also demands the use of many new technologies to construct that simpler buildings don’t require.”
According to the factory, the life-sized replica of Winterfell is scheduled to be completed and officially opened to the public by the end of September. The factory grounds, which are located in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg, will soon be transformed into the home of the Stark family, allowing fans from all over the world to come experience Winterfell firsthand. As the Stark family motto goes, “Winter is coming”, and without new episodes of Game of Thrones, it’s sure to be a long one. Luckily, the Yekaterinburg Cement Factory is creating their own version of the fantasy world, allowing die-hard fans to gather within a 3D printed replica of Winterfell and hide out from the White Walkers until the show makes its highly anticipated return in the summer of 2017. Discuss further over in the 3D Printed Winterfell forum at 3DPB.com.[Source: Auto World News]