By Pedro Vissotto l 3D Printing Consultant
As an immigrant to the United States, I grew up very passionate towards the game of soccer (also known as "futbol"). Soccer is the top sport in the world except in the U.S., where the most popular sports include football, basketball, baseball, and hockey. After living in this country for almost 13 years, I grew to love these sports as well. Sports are not just athletes working together for a common goal; it’s a way of life, from planning your weekends and nights, buying season tickets, to decorating your house, car and even pets.
As I mentioned, my number one sport is soccer. Last year, the World Cup took place in my native country, Brazil, known by most as the home of this sport. To commemorate the month long event, Stratasys printed a 3D model of the Maracanã - the stadium that hosted the World Cup Final. Using its flagship printer, the Connex500, Stratasys printed the stadium in VeroWhitePlus in two separate parts. These parts, (base and the roof) were mated afterwards.
When the Maracanã first opened, in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s, it was biggest stadium on Earth. Thousands and thousands filled the stadium for every game and to date it remains one of Brazil’s most prized possessions. It’s gone through quite a few renovations over the years to keep up with technology and increase the comfort of its attendees.
Although the Maracanã is one of Brazil’s most iconic land marks, it has been the stage for one of Brazil’s most heartbreaking days. In the year it opened, the Maracanã hosted the World Cup Final between Brazil and Uruguay. Sadly for Brazilian fans, Uruguay beat Brazil 2 to 1. The newly renovated Maracanã will also be the center stage for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Few know that Stratasys has also done a model of the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park using the same material. It currently sits in the Stratasys Sales HQ in Billerica, MA. If you’re in the area, I would suggest stopping by and checking it out.
Stories like these, about 3D printed stadiums, help grow a recently tapped industry for 3D printing manufacturers, - the architecture market. Architects are now able to produce models that are aesthetically pleasing, more accurate, and much stronger, freeing their time for more designing and other duties.