Largest 3D printed structure: VULCAN breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
BEIJING, China -- VULCAN, the world's largest 3-D printed architectural structure, was unveiled during Beijing Design Week 2015; the pavilion, which is displayed in Beijing's Parkview Green was constructed from 1,023 individually printed 3-D units and measures 26.5 feet in length and 9.5 feet in height, according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: VULCAN, the world's largest 3-D printed architectural structure, is displayed in Beijing's Parkview Green; it was constructed from 1,023 individually printed 3-D units and measures 26.5 feet in length and 9.5 feet in height. Photo: Beijing Design Week (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the most 3D printers operating simultaneously is 159 and was achieved by Airwolf 3D (USA) at their premises in Costa Mesa, California, USA, on 13 December 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the largest 3D puzzle; it measures 2.56 m tall, and 1.28 m in diameter, and was created by FONA Dental s.r.o. (Slovakia) at the Schokoladenmuseum in Köln, Germany, and measured on 11 March 2015. The puzzle was a model of a tooth, comprised of 500 separate pieces. The white undulating lattice structure resembles a volcano, hence the name Vulcan, the Latin term for volcano.
The Vulcan was erected at Parkview Green office and shopping complex in Beijing and was 2.8 m high and in the form of an archway.
The Vulcan took 30 days and 20 large-scale 3D printers to complete each of the units. The units were then assembled on site by 15 people in 12 days.
3-D printing creates three-dimensional objects from computer-generated designs. A design can be made using digital or animation modeling software like computer-aided design, which can then be sent to a 3-D printer.
Previously, only small-scale objects from industries ranging from fashion to medicine could be 3-D-printed.