We’ve reported before on the unique 3D printing achievements of Matt Denton, who runs the Mantis Hacks Youtube channel. Denton has used 3D printing technology and LEGO construction bricks to put together some impressive builds, with videos recording his work. He also has a long career in the TV and Film industries, contributing visual effects of various kinds to such high-profile franchises as Harry Potter and Star Wars, through the Micromagic Systems company that he founded in 1999. Denton has recently posted another video on his channel, demonstrating his huge 3D printed LEGO Bulldozer.
While this might sound like a real one-of-a-kind 3D printing project, Denton has actually worked on some similar things in the past. He posted a video of a giant 3D printed LEGO forklift not so long ago, as well as a giant remote-controlled LEGO Go-Kart. This latest project was carried out in collaboration with Denton’s nephew.
The bulldozer was based on the LEGO Technics kit for a bulldozer, which is made up of a total of 372 parts. Denton decided to take this design and make his own huge 3D printed version, hopefully running the moving parts from an electric motor.
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