Firm makes smallest replica of world’s tallest statue

Surat: City-based STPL3D has created the world’s smallest 3D printed replica of the Statue of Unity, which measures just 13mm in height. The actual statue on the bank of the Sardar Sarovar dam in Kevadiya near Vadodara is 182m tall. The India Book of Records and World Records India have validated the company’s claim of making the smallest 3D printed statue.

Everyone knows that the Statue of Unity is now the world’s tallest statue. However, not everyone has stood next to it, dwarfed even by the feet of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

STPL3D came up with the idea to create the smallest replica of the Statue of Unity in an effort to pay tribute to the Iron Man of India.

The company claims to be the first to successfully print a small-scale miniature sculpture using the stereolithography (SLA) technique of 3D printing.

First, a detailed 3D model of the statue was created from digitally downloaded photographs in 3D sculpting software and then printed with the SLA technique to get a final smooth finish without any post-processing requirement. In the SLA technique, the layers of the liquid polymer resin are chemically bonded with each other and selectively cured using an ultraviolet (UV) laser beam.