California artist Cosmo Wenman has created something pretty amazing with his MakerBot Replicator: a replica of a horse head sculpture from the Parthenon in Athens. The first very noticeable aspect of this work is the startlingly realistic bronze patina applied after printing.
The second is the size of the work, as you can see in this image. Clearly, this item is vastly larger than could possibly fit in the Replicator’s build envelope.
So how was this done? The original digital model was chopped up into manageable sections that were subsequently joined together to form the complete horse head.
Sectioning and assembly is a technique not often used by home 3D print operators, perhaps because it takes somewhat more effort to do. But the results can be startling as you can see above.
There are more advantages than simply size by sectioning your model. If the geometry of a model results in difficult printing, for example with significant overhangs, sectioning could simplify printing, especially when you realize the individual parts could be printed upside down or sideways, depending on your model.
Let’s print some big stuff!