We the Builders is going farther than we ever have before — across the seas and way back to ancient times! We are building another giant, crowdsourced sculpture, this time of Nefertiti, “one of the most mysterious and powerful women in ancient Egypt” — history.com. Nefertiti reigned as queen of Egypt from 1353-1336 BC and may have ruled as Pharaoh after her husband’s death.
For the past fifteen years, Fab Lab makerspaces from around the world have gathered to connect local and global communities of makers, builders, and technologists. Our friends at Fab Lab Egypt and Fab Lab new Cairo are are hosting the annual gathering for all Fab Labs and makerspaces aroud the world — FAB15. Each year members of worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, discuss, collaborate and create communities around the different local and global interests regarding digital manufacturing, innovation and technology and this year it's gonna happen in Egypt who has more than 7000 years of making history. A community build of Nefertiti seemed like the perfect way to celebrate!
A digital image of the famous sandstone sculpture has been sliced into 478 parts and we need your help to 3D print them all!
With over 1,700 Fab Labs around the world, there are no shortage of printers, but we want to make this as global of an effort as possible.
We're assembling a large version of the original 18" sculpture of Bust of Nefertiti which is currently on display in Germany. in 2016, this sculpture was scanned and recreated 1:1 with 3D printing in 2016. We're excited to build a larger version of that piece. More information about the interesting source of the scan can be found here. http://nefertitihack.alloversky.com/ A special thanks to Jan Nikolai Nelles and Nora Al-Badri for making this file available.
The finished sculpture will stand 4 feet/1.2 meters tall and be assembled as a community build at the Fab15 event. Sign up to claim your part because this one is going to go fast!
If you have printed for We the Builders before, you know the drill. If you are new to this site, first create an account by logging in with your google ID and then follow the steps here: https://www.wethebuilders.com/how-it-works
We’re building the queen of in Egypt this July. Time is of the essence with this project and we need your help to get the parts ready. As we imagine the cost of shipping parts directly to Egypt individually will be quite expensive, we’re going to collect the parts here in Baltimore, and then repackage them into a few large shipments. We have a very short timeline, so please print and ship your parts so they arrive in Baltimore to be included in one of three shipments:
Please get these parts to Baltimore in time so we have all the parts we need for the build!
If you’d like to send them directly to the conference in Egypt, you may do that as well if you're certain they'll arrive before July 28th.
The sculpture will be built at Fab15, a conference taking place July 28th to August 4th in Cairo and ElGouna Egypt. We’ve hollowed out the head, and left the base solid for stability. This means a few people will be receiving plain boring blocks to print. If you get one of these (or even if you don’t) and want to print additional pieces, please do! We do have 478 parts to get through, so keep those printers running! This build we’ve also included a few angled support blocks that will be used inside the head to firm up certain locations which need more structure. These are different corner shapes labeled A, B, C, D, or E, and won’t have specific xyz coordinates to label, so just put the letter on those instead of the xyz numbers.
For this build, we’re looking for filament colors of golds, yellows, black, whites, orange, tans, light and medium browns, and a few reds, or blues. Please print your part in one of these colors to match the theme. Parts A, B, C, D, and E may be printed in any color.
We're excited to share this project with everyone. If you know someone with a 3D printer, or have extra print time, offer to help someone print parts. The more the merrier! Share this project on social media to help get the word out. we're @we_the_builders on Twitter, and you can join the wethebuilders Facebook group. Tag your posts on any social media using the hashtag #wethebuilders and we'll likely see it and share it!
Our thanks to all the individuals who are making this project happen!