Lately, a new week also means a new World Record for 3D printing!
At least a week ago, 1,236 students from 123 different secondary schools across Hong Kong set the World Record Guinness for the biggest 3D printed sculpture display. The giant model, which represents Hong Kong’s harbour side in miniature, consist of 1,214 3D printed pieces fitting together along 35 square meters.
About the project
Organized by the Hong Kong Productivity Council, the project is part of the territory’s celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule. It also embraces an effort to encourage students to branch out into technology-based careers. This initiative invited schools to design and manufacture 20 landmark buildings located on the North and South sides of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.
Using computer-aided design software and advanced 3D printing technology, the teams redesigned and produced 20 landmark buildings on the north and south sides of Victoria Harbor; Among the most iconic architectural landmarks, it includes Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre, International Finance Centre Two; the Court of Final Appeal Building, and its Convention and Exhibition Centre.
In total, the students 3D printed over 236 3D printed models for the Hong Kong sculpture; only four of the best models received special awards. The top prize went to three Form Two pupils from Bethel High School. Their 3D sculptures represent the Shun Tak Centre and Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal in She ung Wan.
William Liu, 15, explained that it took three months of hard work and three models before achieving the perfect one. In fact, he’s already planning to make a 3D model of his school as next project
The government hopes others will feel the same enthusiasm and pursue careers in technology
“When they get involved in this competition, they’re not only copying, they are thinking about how to redesign a lot of features.” Council general manager Thomas Lee Kwok-keung explained. “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.”
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor and Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang Wei-hsiung were also present at the event. Both witnessed the had over of the corresponding Guinness World Record award.
The amazing 35-square-meter sculpture display was unveiled for the first time a week ago. It will soon be available for public viewing at the council’s office in Kowloon Tong. I can’t wait to see more pictures of all landmark buildings!
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