Updated: Mar 14
We were contracted to produce multiple scaled replicas of a popular arena you may recognize in NYC. This project utilized multiple 3D technologies to create the final product. First, we had to 3D model the arena from photos and architectural drawings, as no 3D print ready model existed. Below are some still images we captured during the 3D modeling process to use as a reference when building upon the model.
Click on each thumbnail from left to right to see the progress.
It was necessary to design the separate pieces with different tolerances in mind, as we knew we would be 3D printing them in different materials. We chose to utilize a large format SLA and the Mimaki 3DUJ553, a photorealistic full color 3D printer capable of printing in over 10 million colors.
The Mimaki machine was an absolute workhorse, as each interior insert took 49 hours to 3D print. Each 3D print then has to be washed in an ultrasonic bath to help dissolve the support materials. The colors are outstanding, and in our opinion, the Mimaki was the only 3D printer capable of producing this level of detail.
Video of Mimaki 3DUJ-553 3D printer in action
Sometimes the prints don't always go smoothly. Luckily, we only had one failure due to a software update. Print failure is not uncommon, and this was a very lengthy 3D print.
The final product had to be silver plated, and the exterior, hand polished. It had a removable lid and highly detailed interior. The entire job was completed in three weeks from initial concept to final product.
Close-up video of details
We love pushing the boundaries of 3D printing and 3D modeling to create unique products like this one of a kind miniature stadium.
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