YouTuber James Bruton awarded Guinness World Record for tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human

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(source: Guinness World Records) have reported before on the remarkable 3D printing work of UK maker James Bruton, who built a huge 3D printed sculpture of himself using the technology, as well as making his own 3D printed electric skateboards and other things. The 3D printed sculpture has now been recognised officially by no less a body than Guinness World Records, who will be putting the 3.62m (11.8 ft) statue in their annual book, after awarding it the quite specific title of "Tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human".

41 year-old Bruton has been making things with his hands since he was a child, and was early in taking advantage of the increased accessibility of desktop 3D printing. Since 2004 he has been building robots of various kinds, posting his projects on his YouTube channel as well as the dedicated website Xrobots. He started implementing 3D printed parts into his robotics projects around five years ago. This 3D printed sculpture, completed in July of last year, is his crowning achievement so far.

After the 3D printing job was done, the sculpture was installed at the Winchester Discovery Centre in Hampshire, England, as part of the Creative Genius Exhibition. Bruton then had to wait a while for Guinness World Records to officially certify the sculpture as the world record-holder. They sent out a representative to certify that the sculpture was free-standing, self-supporting, and made exclusively from 3D printed parts and materials. Once this was confirmed, Bruton’s project was awarded the title. The previous holder of the record for largest 3D printed human statue was one built by FabLab Kielce in Poland in 2016, standing at a mere 3.06 m (10 ft).

"I really enjoyed working towards the Guinness World Records title for this - I’m thinking about doing another one in the future'', said Bruton. ''It took two months and a lot of printing time to achieve the record so I’m pleased to have finally got my hands on it!''

(source: Daily Echo UK)

The process of building this 3D printed sculpture started with capturing a detailed scan of Bruton’s body, using an iPad at Portsmouth University’s CCI facility. Bruton chose his own body as the model so he could be sure that there would be no copyright issues, and he saw the world’s largest 3D printed humanoid statue as a relatively uncrowded field, where he could realistically compete for the record. After getting the scan, he had the help of Portsmouth designers and engineers in making a 3D digital mesh with correct proportions, which could be used to start printing the sculpture.

(source: Guinness World Records)

Total printing time was around 500 hours, over the course of two months, with two separate 3D printers making parts simultaneously. In the end, around 50 kg of filament was used. Bruton printed the sculpture in separate parts so that it could be stored in his home. He had the help of materials provider 3DFilaPrint, which supplied the necessary filament required for this mammoth undertaking. He also made use of Lulzbot FDM 3D printers, which are some of the most popular machines used in the hobbyist community for projects such as this.