Ben Franklinstein a.k.a. Distributed Ben Franklin

 
Ben is finished! Check out the Ben construction time lapse video!
 
Update Sept 12, 2014 - Ben has been under construction for a couple of days, now! Check out photos in the Baltimore Node Flickr stream!
 
"That as we enjoy great Advantages from the Inventions of Others, we should be glad of an Opportunity to serve others by any Invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously." - Benjamin Franklin

 

For our second crowdsourced 3D printed sculpture here at We the Builders, we chose our favorite kite-flying founding father, Benjamin Franklin.

The bust we're making a replica of is a contemporary piece which has been at the office of Direct Dimensions in Owings Mills, MD.

Using netfabb, we've sliced up the scan into 198 pieces and now need your help to bring it to life! We've scaled up the sculpture so that he'll be the same height as George, about 33" tall. The files have been prepared, rotated for proper build orientation, saved as STLs and have been named with their coordinates!

 

Last time we saw some awesome materials - plastics that were UV reactive, glow-in-the-dark, laywood, and even a metal plated piece! For George Crowdsourcington we are really encouraging you to personalize your block on the inside faces.

Please use a permanent marker to 'tag' your part's XYZ coordinates on an "inside" face. You'll be able to see your part's coordinates here on the website. It's also in the name of the STL file which is checked out to you.

Again, please be sure to tag your print with its XYZ coordinates (and your signature or any custom message you like) before shipping!

 

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!

A note about print settings:
We're suggesting a minimum of 2 shells, and between 5-15% infill as needed. George weighs nearly 30 pounds, and we expect Ben to weigh even more. Last time we got a totally hollow piece which ended up cracking, and a few 50% and 100% solid pieces. No need to go overboard there! 2 shells and 5-15% will be great.

We hope to have more than 100 builders on this project, so please tell everyone you know with a printer to help out!

 

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 Mini Maker Faire on September 14th, followed by World Maker Faire NYC on September 20th and 21st.

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!

Tinkerine Studios Ltd. from Vancouver, BC. the makers of the Litto, Ditto+, and DittoPro 3D printers have agreed again to reimburse some of your printing/shipping costs for this project. After the project is complete we'll be sending out a form for you to fill out to claim your reimbursement.


A special thanks goes out to Direct Dimensions in Owings Mills, MD. for doing the 3D scanning.

Thanks,

Todd Blatt and the We The Builders team

Individual Contributors

Our thanks to all the individuals who are making this project happen!

  • Pedro Feliciano (13 Parts) 13
  • Matthew Griffin (8 Parts) 8
  • James Begera (8 Parts) 8
  • Chris Nix (7 Parts) 7
  • Renzo diFuria (7 Parts) 7
  • Nick Brewer (6 Parts) 6
  • Joe Carr (6 Parts) 6
  • Morgan .Strongbow (6 Parts) 6
  • Gerald Orban (6 Parts) 6
  • Brandon Vincent (5 Parts) 5
  • tom burtonwood (4 Parts) 4
  • Print Ted (4 Parts) 4
  • Mike Dobbs (4 Parts) 4
  • Mark Trageser (4 Parts) 4
  • Luis E. Rodriguez (3 Parts) 3
  • Anderson Ta (3 Parts) 3
  • Todd Schlemmer (3 Parts) 3
  • vanessa albalat (3 Parts) 3
  • vanessa albalat (3 Parts) 3
  • Scott Van Campen (3 Parts) 3
  • Todd Blatt (2 Parts) 2
  • Chris Forest (2 Parts) 2
  • Bradley Chapman (2 Parts) 2
  • Anthony Mareno (2 Parts) 2
  • Anthony Mareno (2 Parts) 2
  • Mark Durbin (2 Parts) 2
  • Fred Kahl (2 Parts) 2
  • Atom Jaay (2 Parts) 2
  • Justin Schroeder (2 Parts) 2
  • Vivian Chu (2 Parts) 2
  • James Brown (2 Parts) 2
  • James Hannon (2 Parts) 2
  • Benji S (2 Parts) 2
  • Andy Goeke (2 Parts) 2
  • Mike Moceri (2 Parts) 2
  • Michael Perina (2 Parts) 2
  • Michael Perina (2 Parts) 2
  • Zheng Jim (2 Parts) 2
  • Mike Valentine (2 Parts) 2
  • Marty McGuire (1 Part)
  • Rose Thun (1 Part)
  • Matt Kroner (1 Part)
  • Chris Krueger (1 Part)
  • Andrew Diehl (1 Part)
  • David Fine (1 Part)
  • Michael Curry (1 Part)
  • Greg Chaprnka (1 Part)
  • Ron Beck (1 Part)
  • DJ Hannu (1 Part)
  • Michael Battaglia (1 Part)
  • Ryan Hoover (1 Part)
  • ryan stobaugh (1 Part)
  • Brian Bland (1 Part)
  • Will M. (1 Part)
  • Matt Stultz (1 Part)
  • RJ Wafer (1 Part)
  • Jf Brandon (1 Part)
  • Hansel Fernandez (1 Part)
  • Maker Block (1 Part)
  • John Biehler (1 Part)
  • Ryan McQuaid (1 Part)
  • Daniel Nicolosi (1 Part)
  • Paul Crisafulli (1 Part)
  • Adam Rivard (1 Part)
  • Jeremy Bernal (1 Part)
  • victor cushmaker (1 Part)
  • Matt Quest (1 Part)
  • Joe Brunson (1 Part)
  • Thorin Tobiassen (1 Part)
  • Mark Kapras (1 Part)
  • Kevin Criqui (1 Part)
  • Denis Kolesnikov (1 Part)
  • Jon Conrad (1 Part)
  • Chris Derossi (1 Part)
  • Alan Kreider (1 Part)
  • ItchyPigCreations 3D (1 Part)
  • Shelly McMahan (1 Part)
  • Bryan Dunford (1 Part)
  • Jonathan Schmid (1 Part)
  • Jonathan Schmid (1 Part)
  • Alan Romack (1 Part)
  • Taylor Roan (1 Part)
  • Noah Li-Leger (1 Part)
  • Christine Galo (1 Part)
  • Greg Betz (1 Part)
  • Thomas Healy (1 Part)
  • Greg Needel (1 Part)
  • Ryan Leverenz (1 Part)
  • Dan Wu (1 Part)
  • Justin Sy (1 Part)
  • Jessica Searfino (1 Part)
  • Eugene Suyu (1 Part)
  • Andy Yang (1 Part)
This build required 198 parts
We have completed 100%!

Recent Activity

Todd Blatt delivered Part X6 Y1 Z8 about 6 years ago
Marty McGuire delivered Part X2 Y3 Z6 about 6 years ago
joeseph rodrigues (DoWhileGeek) is bailing on Part X6 Y1 Z8 about 6 years ago
David Finseth is bailing on Part X2 Y3 Z6 about 6 years ago
Greg Chaprnka delivered Part X2 Y3 Z8 about 6 years ago
Matt Stultz delivered Part X7 Y1 Z9 about 6 years ago
Alan Kreider delivered Part X8 Y5 Z9 about 6 years ago
Maker Block delivered Part X4 Y5 Z2 about 6 years ago