Largest 3D Printed Sculpture Installed to Honour Māori History

Considered the largest 3D printed sculpture in the world, Te Ahi Tupua is now displayed at the Te Puia carpark in the city of Rotorua, welcoming locals and visitors.

Craig Wilson, Kilwell Fibretube’s Chief Executive, said the 3D printing process required 1,700 pieces, took 17,300 hours to print on-site at Kilwell’s Rotorua factory, and used more than 252 kilometers of biodegradable thermoplastic.

The company relied on several Raise3D printers to carry out the work and originally expected the machines to run 21 hours per day, seven days a week for 79 days.

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