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SD3D and Aon Collaborate to Print an Entire ’Gigantic’ City

by • April 20, 2016 • No Comments

  • Coming out of San Diego, California, SD3D Printing has slowly cultivated popularity with services such as their Printer Farm, which we covered back when it began operating around 2014. Equipped with both 3D printing power and a group of ready entrepreneurs, SD3D has only attained what may be their many ambitious project yet. Teaming up with Aon, one of the major global providers of risk management, insurance, and a handful of other services, SD3D has only 3D created and printed the biggest 3D printed city to-date. The city, which is called Aon Town, measures a whopping 9 x 10.5 feet, and took a total of six weeks for SD3D to version and print each assembling, street, and tree.


    Starting with a 2D drawing, SD3D used Rhino create software to bring the city into the three dimensional world. The create work alone took over 200 hours to consume. Once the team was finished with versioning the city, they began 3D printing it in 9 x 9 inch squares, while printing the taller skyscrapers in sections. Before the trees, plants, skyscrapers, and other features were actually printed, SD3D had may already created over 300 quadrants. After of 3,000 hours of printing time on over a dozen 3D printers— which included both the Lulzbot TAZ and their proprietary in-house printer— and running through nearly 60 kilograms of plastic material, SD3D had manufactured Aon town.

    Most of the city was printed in Hatchbox White PLA, aside of the road (grey PLA), plants (green PLA), cones (red PLA), and water (blue PLA). To assemble the city, SD3D initially glued the main quadrants together, and so began to implement the more compact features as they went along. The team in addition created a mini-city as well, which was scaled down of 1/3 the dimensions of the full-dimensionsd version. But the thought of 3D printing a city this sizeable has adequate merit on its own, there was a purpose for both Aon and SD3D to get involved with the project.

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    For Aon, the city helped to donate consumers a visual representation of the vast services which Aon has to contribute. For instance, one particular section features two skyscrapers, which were equipped with acrylic cutouts, featured a board meeting to advertise their insurance programs for mergers, private risk management, and other commercial activities. In total, the city displays 29 various areas which Aon can provide for future clients, For SD3D, the point of the project was to feature only how much they may attain with their 3D printing services. But I’ve yet to see this miraculous 3D printed city myself, I feel confident adequate to say which SD3D did indeed prove their 3D printing capabilities with the Aon town project.

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