February 6, 2014 AT 7:00 am

Still Time (Barely) to Print and Ship Your Part for the First “We the Builders” Crowdprinted Statue! #3DThursday #3DPrinting #3DScanning #3D

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There is still time (ship to deliver on Monday!) to participate in the first We the Builders crowdprinted project, a larger-than-life bust of George Washington as scanned in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. Next week, all of the parts will be assembled and displayed at the 2014 NY 3D Print Show!

Sign-up and print one — heck, I’m printing my part for the cause! — and join what is shaping up to be a veritable “Who’s Who” of the desktop 3D printing community….

WeTheBuilders.com Crowdprinted “Bust of George Washington”:

Bust of George Washington

We are working to build a full 1:1 scale copy of a statue in the style of Giuseppe Ceracchi‘s odd neoclassical “Bust of George Washington” (1791-1792).

To this end, we have collaborated with Direct Dimensions in Baltimore to create a micron-resolution professional 3D scan of the original statue that is currently on display at the Walters Art Museum during the restoration of Baltimore’s Washington Monument.

In order to replicate this statue, we have sliced the scanned model into 110 easy-to-print sections that are ready for fabrication. We need your help to crowdsource the printing of this monument, one cube at a time, and ship back your contributions to Baltimore where they will be reunited, stacked, and glued into a new replica of a copy of this statue. Together, we can build it!

Read more.

Snapshot of contributors — and part-count leaderboard — for the project below:

We the Builders


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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the MakerBot Digitizer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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