FabLab Kielce Breaks Guinness World Record with 10-Foot-Tall 3D Print of Soccer Star Robert Lewandowski

Share this Article

smarttech_robert_lewandowskiThe 3D printing world has been setting and breaking records like crazy lately. As the technology’s capabilities continue to increase, it’s no surprise that 3D printing enthusiasts have been getting competitive, trying to outdo each other in terms of the first 3D printed this, the biggest 3D printed that. In such a fast-growing industry, though, it’s unlikely that anyone will hold a particular record for very long – and while that may be frustrating to the record-holders, it’s a lot of fun for the rest of us.

This year alone has seen several records set and broken, including that for the world’s largest solid 3D printed part and, just this week, the (unofficial) largest metal 3D printed part. In May, the Guinness World Record for tallest 3D printed part was set by Backface when they 3D scanned and printed TV presenter Jon Bentley. That larger-than-life statue came in at 2.05 meters, or 6.7 feet, tall, and was an impressive sight – but alas, Backface and Bentley have already been usurped.

The usurper comes in the form of Polish soccer player Robert Lewandowski, who agreed to lend himself to 3D scanner manufacturer SMARTTECH for a full-body scan. Using their recently developed scan3Dmed medical 3D scanner, the company scanned the six-foot-tall Lewandowski, then scaled him up a little bit for record-breaking purposes, 3D printing a statue that ended up standing at three meters, or nearly ten feet, tall.

robert-lewandowski-skanowanie-3d-300x199“By using a 3D scanner dedicated for the medical industry, we were able to very quickly obtain detailed information about the shape of the body of Robert,” said Anna Gębarska, Managing Director of SMARTTECH. “There was no room for mistakes since even the smallest of details would be exposed during the process of enlargement and adjustment of the shape of the human in order to be able to 3D print it. Our medical 3D scanners enable us to scan the surface of the human body in just 0,7 second, providing not only information on the shape but also the colour of the scanned surface.”

smarttech_robert_lewandowski2

The project was a collaborative effort that involved five institutions and companies in total. The whole thing was collaborated by FabLab Kielce, which handled the source file preparation and the 3D printing process itself, as well as the post-processing. The print took over 350 hours on a desktop printer, using standard PLA filament. Once all parts were assembled, the statue was painted by a professional artist.

14324135_1040564689396530_3764197831778866398_oLewandowski’s 3D printed doppelgänger made his debut at 3D Printing Days in Warsaw, which ran from September 29 to 30. On September 29 at 2:00 PM, the new Guinness World Record for tallest 3D printed object was broken. Sorry, Backface. It wasn’t all about the record, though, said Janusz Wojcik of FabLab Kielce.

“Except beating Guinness world record – our goal was to assure 3D printer users that it’s possible to print our bigger objects than they usually print,” he said.

A 10-foot-tall statue was certainly an effective way to show attendees the capabilities of 3D printing. The statue itself, now that 3D Printing Days is over, was given to Lewandowski, who will in turn give it to a charity auction.

The Institute of Design Kielce served as a partner on the project, and SUPEREXPO.COM managed the media coverage. Below, you can learn more about the scan3Dmed line:

Discuss this further in the Guinness World Record forum at 3DPB.com.

 

Share this Article


Recent News

nScrypt 3Dx-700 System Goes Beyond 3D Printing for Digital Manufacturing

BASF and CTIBiotech Develop 3D Bioprinted Human Reconstructed Skin



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Poietis: Bioprinting With Their Innovative Laser-Assisted Technology

In 2014, French startup Poietis developed a unique technology for the bioprinting of living tissue. Unlike conventional approaches to tissue engineering or extrusion bioprinting, their promising 4D laser-assisted system allows cells...

Creating Vascular Structures Using Low Cost Desktop 3D Printers

In a thesis entitled “Engineering of vascular networks within biocompatible hydrogels using 3D printing technology,” a PhD student named Juan Liu discusses the need for new technologies in wound healing....

3d.fab’s BioAssemblyBot Wants to 3D Print Skin onto People

3D bioprinting continues to diversify as more and more companies and research organizations join the field, each bringing their own take on the technology to the table. French collaborative platform 3d.fab has...

3D Printing for Diagnosing and Treating Cancer and R&D Tax Credits

Cancer research has evolved with the help of 3D printing. Doctors can create patient-specific 3D models of cancerous body parts to prepare for upcoming surgeries. Medical engineers can create digital...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Print Services

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!