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Tallest 3D Printed Human: Backface Breaks Record

Tallest 3D Printed Human: Backface Breaks Record

Birmingham, UK – May 10, 2016 – Backface, a Birmingham-based startup that bring creative projects to life through 3D printing and 3D scanning, has claimed the World Record for the tallest 3D printed human for an episode of The Gadget Show with a giant, oversized version of John Bentley; John was made up of more than 50,000 layers, each of them the same thickness as a human hair; the World Record for tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human being was set at a massive 2 meters.

Photo:  A new World Record has been set for the tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human, which measures 2.05m from head to toe.

The Guinness World Records world record for the largest 3D printed structure consists of 1.24 m³ (43.8 ft³) of 3D printed material and was achieved by Parkview Green FangCaoDi for the structure ‘Vulcan’, designed by architects Yu Lei & Xu Feng, and unveiled in Beijing, China on 30 September 2015.

Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest printed catalogue (standard edition); it is ‘The Aviall Product and Catalog Book’ and was made by Aviall Services Inc (USA) on 3 January 2005. It has 2,656 pages, weighs 7.4 lb (3.4 kg) and is 7.1 cm (2.8 in) thick.

The scan, by Birmingham-based Backface, was slightly reworked by an artist before it was sent off to a ProJet 660 printer.

It took a over month’s worth of (almost) non-stop printing power to build this massive human shaped statue. Made up of 50,000 layers, each 100 microns thick, the sculpture weighs around 15kg.

The sculpture is of Jon Bentley, a presenter on Channel 5’s Gadget Show and shows him waving with a deadpan grin on his face.

The Birmingham-based company used Gypsum mixed with cyanoacrylate, which is better known as superglue, to make a solid model that could take a knock or two and hold the paint to create a vivid model.

Backface is used to producing intricate figurines, but normally works on a much smaller scale. Its main business is producing busts, ornamental statues and what it refers to as 3D portraits.

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