Much has been made in recent years of the possibilities for expansion within the three-dimensional printing field. As the technology moves out of its previously niche place in the tech market and makes a stab at globalisation, its full range of possibilities begins to unfold in full. Fortunately for the progress of science, enough entities are willing to pick up the ball and run with it to make 3D printing one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting fields in recent memory.
But while some of these developments can actually further the fields they are applied to, others continue to exist solely for those seeking for the perfect 3D gift to offer their friends or loved ones. That is definitely the case for a product recently created by a British printing agency, which promises to excite lovers of the sport of football, and perhaps even of sport as a whole.
The product (or rather, products) in question are two detailed scale models of British football stadiums, namely the two located in the town of Manchester, where the agency in question is based. The specialized designers at the company took it upon themselves to faithfully replicate the Etihad stadium (home of Manchester City) as well as Old Trafford (which houses their bitter rivals of Manchester United). In so doing, they may just have created the perfect 3D gift for a footie fanatic!
The two replicas measure 250mm x 75mm and possess all the small details found in the real stadiums, making them a nearly invaluable collectors’ edition as well as a perfect option for those seeking a quirky, unusual 3D gift for a lover of the sport. The only potential setbacks are the price – each model is estimated to be worth around 1.000 – and the availability, since only one model of each stadium was made, then promptly given away in an online competition sponsored by the company itself. Those looking for a 3D gift for their football-crazy friend or relative may always try to order a new model, but they should also be prepared to pay.
The design house responsible for the creation of these two model stadiums – the first in Manchester to offer a full range of three-dimensional printing services – has also been charged with making a scale model for the Co-Operative Development near Victoria Station, in London. This new task is thought to require all the equipment available at the business’s new office, in the brand-new Manchester technology hub. In the meantime, football fans and their friends alike will no doubt simmer with excitement at the thought of more football stadiums, including that of their favourite club.