The Great Duck Project was created as joint effort between two groups, The Maker Faire Westport and the Westport Sunrise Rotary club. Mark Mathias, founder of the Maker Faire Westport, decided to use his 3D printers to put a spin on things. In fact, the goal ofThe Great Duck Project is to complete a 6 foot tall 3D printed duck. This project’s goal is to tie in art with The Great Duck Race fundraiser. In short, the race will feature 3000 rubber ducks being released into the Saugatuck River!
Scaling and Cutting with LuBan!
I knew immediately after finding this posting in LuBan’s Facebook group that this was exactly what LuBan had been created for. Mark and his team used LuBan to scale and cut the duck model. As a result, they transformed a simple duck model into a 6 foot tall giant with 476 pieces! Mark partnered with Nick and Jesse from Greens Farms Academy. Greens Farms Academy will receive, inspect and assemble the giant 3D printed duck.
Nicholas Iacobelli, Greens Farms Academy, 35 Beachside Ave, Westport, CT 06838 USA
The due date for part arrival is April 1st, 2019.
We’re Doing It!
Ultimately, after reading about the Great Duck Project, I decided to join. I will be printing my part in 3D Hero Red PETG on my Tevo Tornado! My next filament review will be on this filament!
You Should Too!
If you are also participating in this project, feel free to send us some pictures of your print and we can put them in this article! In fact, check out what some of the contributors are saying below:
The Great Duck Project. When I saw this project, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I mean it is a 6 foot rubber duck, how cool is that. I requested the part from the website and the next day it was in my inbox. It went straight on the printer as it was in between prints and a mere 8 hours later, it was done and ready to be boxed up and sent off. I think projects like this are really cool for the 3D printing community and it should get a great response. If they end up short, I will offer to print a second or even a third one for them. In my opinion, this is what the community is about, helping each other out. It cost me next to nothing to print it and send it out. I hope other people really get excited and want to contribute to this. Again, how cool is a 6 foot duck? – Fred Williams, Part 170
I’m glad I have finally put my 3d printer to proper use. I am a retired cnc machinest who wants to keep his brain working so I was very pleased to see this crowd funded idea. I was more than happy to help, I have printed 5 bits and am now packing them for shipping to USA – David Hunt, Parts 300, 301, 332, 333 and 334
Just the Beginning?
Will the Great Duck Project jump start a crowdbuilding revolution? In other words, will any other groups use LuBan in a similar way? The way this project blends technology, crowdsourcing, and art is pretty sweet. Obviously, I can’t wait to see the completed giant 3D printed duck or other off shoots this project inspires.