Man prints life-size twin with the 3D printer

Who's going to blush?  Well, the printed twin, of course.  (Image: Ivan Miranda)

Who’s going to blush? Well, the printed twin, of course. (Image: Ivan Miranda)

How often have we walked past the cool Batman or Warcraft statues in the multimedia department of our trusted electrical wholesaler and imagined what they would look like in our living room.

But have you ever wondered how a life-size likeness of you would look as a decoration?

YouTuber Ivan Miranda did, so he tried to print himself. He comments on the process with all its ups and downs in this video:

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At the beginning of the video, Miranda shows the massive printing frame in which his bright red twin will later be created: 111 cm x 111 cm x 200.5 cm with a construction volume of 2.5 m³. As you can see in the video, the frame is about the size of a human.

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To date, this is the largest DIY 3D printer Miranda has ever built.

Incidentally, researchers have already tried to print food – with moderate success.

As it turns out for the YouTuber, the biggest challenge should be preparing the heated print bed. The heat from the print bed ensures that the materials hold together during printing.

The quite simple solution: ordinary underfloor heating cable.

Printing time: 108 hours

Did he forget his glasses while printing?  (Image: Ivan Miranda)






Did he forget his glasses while printing? (Image: Ivan Miranda)

The whole process to the finished clone took 108 hours and included five failures, two of them catastrophic, according to Miranda herself.

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The finished, life-size plastic statue consists of 4,375 layers of PLA filament and weighs 6.2 kilograms. If you look closely, there are small gaps in the layers, which is because Miranda printed his counterpart too quickly.

Incidentally, the metal frame can be bought or its files – should you try to print life-size statues of yourself.

Mirana has not yet published the print data.

You can read here how his ordinary inkjet printer drives Maxe crazy:

You can do all sorts of things with 3D printing these days – for example, you can print a twin of yourself if you know how. What do you think of Miranda’s project? Does it show the pitfalls of trying to print something that big yourself? Or do you consider it nothing more than a gimmick? Please leave us comments.

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