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August 15, 2013 AT 9:00 am

Tremendous 3D Printed Sculpture Created on a Desktop 3D Printer #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Rendering of Echoviren 2013

According to Type A Machines, Echoviren, one of the largest desktop 3D printed sculptures created so far has been produced on bank eight of Series 1 3D printers by the artistic duo designer Bryan Allen and sculptor Stephanie Smith (Smith|Allen Studio), creators of the previous 3D printed art installation Xylem. Yep, those are redwood trees in the background there!

Spanning 10 x 10 x 8 feet, Echoviren is a translucent white enclosure, stark and artificial against the natural palette of reds and greens of the forest.

It is composed of five hundred eighty-five printed parts, whose sizes range from 5 x 9 x 8″ to 0.5 x 9 x 9″.

All the parts have been 3D printed on eight Series 1 3D printers: four standard Series 1 and four Series 1-X ‘Vert’ tall machines. The artists started 3D printing in early June – so far they have done just over 10,000 hours of printing!

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