We’ve seen some incredible LEGO creations over the years, but we don’t see many record breakers these days, which is exactly what you’re staring at now that this 1:1 scale model of an X-Wing fighter has now been unveiled.
The X-Wing fighter uses a total of 5,335,200 bricks and accurately reproduces LEGO’s official 9493 X-Wing Fighter. A total of 32 people spent 17,000 hours building the 43-foot long, 45,980-pound fighter inside of the LEGO Model Shop in Kladno, Czech Republic. Once assembled, it was shipped to New York City, where it’s currently on display in the middle of Times Square.
Creating a world-breaking LEGO X-Wing fighter wasn’t the company’s only reason for building this amazing piece as it’s also being used to promote a new three-part animated series headed to Cartoon Network called Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles. New Yorkers won’t be the only ones who can marvel at the glory that is the LEGO X-Wing fighter as it’ll be making its way out to the West Coast and will stay there until the end of 2013.
Seen at: gizmodo
A 3D printed pizza may seem like the ultimate couch potato’s dream, but we can’t deny when a 3D printed is used to save a life, especially a baby’s life, we’ll happily wait our turn with a 3D printer if that’s what it’s being used for.
Bryan and April Gionfriddo have a 6-month-old baby, Kaiba, who suddenly couldn’t breathe due to his bronchus suddenly collapsing. The baby’s parents took him to the emergency room where it was determined Kaiba would require a splint being inserted in order to hold open his bronchial tube, to hopefully allow the tissue to grow and heal around it properly. Doctors decided to use a 3D printer to create the splint as time was of the essence in order to Kaiba to survive his ordeal.
Kaiba was first imaged in order for technicians to get accurate dimensions to then have those measurements used to create a computer model, which acted as the blueprint. With that information, the 3D printer was able to print out the custom splint doctors needed in about a day.
Seen at: cnn