What's more impressive than this 26-foot long version of Taiwanese artist Hung-Chih Peng's Noah's Ark sculpture is the fact that it's assembled from over 100,000 3D-printed pieces. And what's even more impressive than that is the 3D printer farm that Peng has been using to churn out all those pieces. No single person should wield so much 3D printing power—or inhale so many melted plastic fumes.
Thirty 3D printers in all have been dedicated to the artist's latest piece which is currently on display, but still actually being produced. It won't be finished until sometime in January of next year, and all-in-all the printer farm will have consumed over 544 kilos of plastic filament.
As 3D printers continue to grow in popularity, this endeavour is more a testament to their flexibility than their capabilities. The small capacity of most of the 3D printers on the market very much limit the size of objects they can produce, but with enough time, patience, and puzzle skills, they can still be used to churn out massive creations like this. [3DPrint.com via Slashdot]