As Halloween approaches this Friday, we are sure to see lots of interesting 3D printed costumes, decorations, and anything else related to the holiday represented by witches, werewolves, and lots and lots of candy. We’ve already seen an incredible 70-piece Halloween chandelier printed by MakerBot, as well as creative and quite scary costume produced by Neomek to the likeness of Dr. Finkelstein. There is no doubt that it will be pretty hard to overshadow either of these projects; however, one company called 3DP Unlimited may have done just that.
Based out of Rockton, Illinois, the company produces large-scale FFF-based 3D printers. When I say ‘large-scale’ I really mean enormous! While most FFF printers try and outdo one another by adding an inch or two to their build envelopes, 3DP Unlimited speaks in feet. Their flagship 3DP1000 printer has a build envelope eclipsing anything we have ever seen on the market at a staggering 1 x 1 x 0.5 m (39.3″ x 39.3″ x 19.6″). All this while still maintaining very accurate layer resolutions.
So, what did 3DP Unlimited decide to 3D Print for Halloween? If you guessed ‘something big,’ then you are right! The company has fabricated a gigantic 3D printed Frankenstein’s monster head in special green filament, and filmed the entire process, making it available in a sort of mini-movie format on YouTube.
In the short clip, which opens with a view of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory filled with 3DPUnlimited printers, the focus eventually become affixed to a 3DP1000 machine printing out the enormous Frankenstein’s monster head.
The head, printed with dimensions of 55.5 x 69.5 x 36.5 cm, is a sight to be seen. Weighing in at over 8.7 lbs (3.95 kg) the total material cost to print this head was approximately $220. The project took a staggering 144 hours (yes that’s 6 full days) to complete, and certainly caused a lot of nervous employees to constantly check the print to make sure everything was on track. Needless to say, the 6 day long adventure ended in quite an incredible display, a Frankenstein head which stood over 27 inches high.
While there have been crowdsourcing initiatives to fabricate 3D prints of similar sizes — take for example WeTheBuilder’s 198-piece Ben Franklin crowdsourced project — the fact that the Frankenstein head was printed in one single piece is quite incredible.
Let us know your thoughts on this incredible Halloween print in the Gigantic 3D Printed Frankenstein thread on 3DPB.com. Be sure to check out the short video below, provided to us by 3DP Unlimited.