Jul 17, 2017 | By Tess

It seems that a new 3D printing record is being broken almost every week, from the biggest 3D printed fidget spinner to the least dense 3D printed structure. This week, a team of students from Hong Kong has broken the world record for the biggest 3D printed sculpture display. The sculpture, which depicts Hong Kong’s harborside in miniature, comprises 1,214 3D printed parts, and spans an impressive 35 square meters.

The 3D printing project, realized by a team of over 1,000 students from over one hundred secondary schools across Hong Kong, is part of the territory’s celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule. The extensive 3D printed model project was organized by the Hong Kong Productivity Council.

As part of the initiative, schools were invited to design and manufacture 20 landmark buildings located on the North and South sides of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. The 3D printed model of the iconic location included such architectural landmarks as Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre, International Finance Centre Two, the Court of Final Appeal Building, and its Convention and Exhibition Centre.

In total, over 236 3D printed models were made for the Hong Kong sculpture, four of which were recognized with awards this past Sunday. First prize was given to two students from Bethel High School who 3D printed the Shun Tak Centre and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan. According to one of the students, 15-year-old William Liu, the project took him and his teammate three months to complete.

(Image: Dickson Lee / SCMP)

Not only is the 3D printing project a part of celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British rule to Chinese rule, it is also part of an effort to encourage students to branch out into technology-based careers.

Thomas Lee Kwok-keung, the Hong Kong Productivity Council manager, explained: “When [the students] get involved in this competition, they’re not only copying they are thinking about how to redesign a lot of features. After the whole process a lot of students said they liked technology, they like 3D printing. We hope a lot of students will go for technology courses instead of commerce.”

The 35-square-meter sculpture display was unveiled yesterday for the first time and will soon be open for public viewing at the Productivity Council’s offices in Kowloon Tong. At the unveiling ceremony, representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to present the award for biggest 3D printed sculpture display. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung were also present at the event.

 

 

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