Published 20 April 2012
Posted by Stephen Holmes
Nothing brings about the end of winter in the US like the arrival of the baseball season - warm weather, cold beer, hotdogs and, of course, the actual game.
In time to catch the excited early season crowds and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, 3D printer manufacturer Objet unveiled a large-scale, 3D-printed replica of the celebrated ballpark.
Designed by Rob Rodriguez, it was modelled in SolidWorks - not the usual choice for what is primarily an architectural themed piece - you can read more on his blog here. The 3’ x 5’ replica captures even the finest details of Fenway, from the Green Monster and Pesky Pole to the exact number of lights and famed, red Ted Williams seat in right field.
Printed on an Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer at the company’s North American headquarters in Billerica, MA, it’s about 1/200th scale, includes 40 separate printed sections, weighs nearly 50kg, the model will be on display this week and in the coming months throughout Boston.
“As longtime Red Sox fans, and frequent visitors to Fenway, we wanted to celebrate this historic event by sharing something that all fans could appreciate,’’ said Objet’s director of U.S. marketing Bruce Bradshaw, angling for a season ticket and a free pretzel.
Following this news, Liverpool FC supporters will be waiting eagerly (sharing the same owners, lack of form, and overriding sense of nostalgia) hoping that Objet presents the club with a similar model, honouring Anfield’s 120 years of footballing history…