Get Ready to help build Benjamin Franklin!
We're very close (only a few days away) from launching our second We The Builders project!
Our second sculpture has been 3d scanned (thanks to Direct Dimensions) and the 3d model has been sliced up into a whopping 198 pieces! The files have been prepared, rotated for proper build orientation, saved as STLs and have been named with their coordinates!
Once we launch, log in to wethebuilders.com and claim your part for printing! Last time we didn't get as many signatures on the insides of the blocks so we're really encouraging you to personalize your block on the inside faces. We also are asking you now to use a permanent marker to 'tag' your part's coordinates. Please keep that in mind. The website, as well as file name have the coordinates of your block, so be sure to add that too before shipping.
George was printed with the help of 70 people worldwide, and consists of 110 pieces. Ben will be made of 198 pieces, and will end up being the same height as George. We decided to make each piece smaller to allow more people to participate, make each print job quicker, allow for more colors, and to allow the printers with a smaller build volume a chance to help too.
The target for delivery is September 1st, so we're hoping to get every part printed and shipped to Baltimore in time for Silver Spring Maker Faire, followed the following weekend by NY Maker Faire. Both George and Ben will be there. Please tell anyone you know with a 3d printer to sign up at WeTheBuilders.com to help out.
Also, we'd love your help in thinking of a clever name of this piece. Please tweet using the hashtag #wethebuilders and link to wethbuilders.com in your tweet and we'll pick the name we like the best. Thanks to Ryan Kittleson for thinking of the name George Crowdsourcington last time. Check out this list of facts about Ben for some inspiration
Todd Blatt and the We The Builders team