Jul.10, 2012

In January JF Brandon launched a campaign on Indiegogo aiming to create the Rygo, the biggest 3D print in North America. The campaign raised $3,304 of 16,000 goal but anyhow that supported the project to move forward.

The Rygo was designed by famous 3D designer and sculptor Bathsheba Grossman of California. Using Enrico Dini's D-Shape, the largest 3D printer of its kind, measuring 6 x 6 x 8 meters (20 x 20 x 27 ft), the Rygo has been 3D printed 2 meters (6.5 feet) tall in stone.

This 3D printed Rygo sculpture is now on its way to Canada and will be exhibited in the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.

Read the press release of the Rygo here:

The Rygo is a 3D printed sculptural piece made from stone. Standing 2 meters tall, 1.5 meters across and weighing 3600 lbs, it is the largest such 3D print in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The Rygo is the culmination of many months of hard work by local Vancouverite JF Brandon, who raised $3,300 dollars on crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The entire piece is made of recycled material by a 3D printing process that produces very little waste to create an object impossible to make only a few years earlier.

The Rygo was made by the DShape, an advanced 3D printer developed by Enrico Dini of Pisa, Italy. The process is straightforward. A 3D model was divided into layers in a computer. Each corresponding layer was sent to the DShape that selectively binds a bed of sand into solid rock. The Rygo was designed by famous artist Bathsheba Grossman.

The aim of the project is to demonstrate to Vancouver and the world what is possible with 3D printing. 3D printing at this scale with the DShape will be a key part of the new Green Economy. It could help Vancouver reach its 2020 emissions targets.

The Rygo is a freeform structure, impossible to create via traditional means. With the DShape, it is possible to create chairs, tables and building components – quickly and ecologically. In Europe, a few homes have been made with this technology.

The opening night will be at the VanDusen Visitor's Centre from 6:30 to 9pm on July 26th. The address is 5251 Oak St. near 37th Ave. A cash bar will be serving drinks and light fare will be served. There will be smaller 3D printed work for sale, as well as a few smaller 3D printing machines demonstrating their capabilities.

Thanks JF Brandon for the great work and tip!

Source: D-Shape Canada


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