Our giant Rosie the Riveter sculpture was assembled and finally completed during NOMCON, in Santa Fe this June. We quite literally could not have pulled off this incredible feat without you! Over 700 people printed 2,625 parts, which were sent to us from six continents around the world.
We owe a huge thanks to our friends at Tested, Adafruit, Nation of Makers, and countless others for helping spread the word across the global maker community. Digital Harbor Foundation, Open Works, Smartlogic, and Direct Dimensions helped support the project in our home city of Baltimore. And finally, the amazing team at Make Santa Fe who painstakingly logged and received all 2,625 pieces as they arrived via post, plus the dozens of volunteers at NOMCON who helped us assemble giant Rosie in just 48 harrowing hours.
All of the stories shared on social media, the messages written on (and inside) pieces you sent us, and getting hands-on with everyone on Build Day are the reasons why we do what we do -- it's about collaboration and community, and we love sharing that experience with the world!
For anyone interested in hosting an existing sculpture or commissioning a new sculpture for your event or city, there's now an easy way to get in touch with our We the Builders project interest form.
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Thanks to everyone who shared the project and their contributions around the web! Here are a few of our favorites:
Want to make a Rosie the Riveter project of your own?
You can download an STL of the completed Rosie the Riveter model!
This model is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA) license.
We make crowd-sourced 3d printed sculptures out of hundreds - or in this case, thousands of parts, printed all over the world by people like you!
This year, for our fifth project, we're going big - really big. To celebrate the contributions and diverse identities of women and non-binary makers, we’re scaling up a sculpture of Rosie the Riveter to monument-size and printing her in a spectrum of skintones. The sculpture will be over six feet tall and made up of 2,625 parts - and we need everyone in the maker community (regardless of your gender identity) to help us 3d print them!
***IMPORTANT: In order to have all the parts in time to build the sculpture, please ship no later than Friday June 1st!***
Even if you don’t have a 3d printer, there are lots of ways to get involved. Check out all the details below:See how Builders all over the world are making We the Rosies a reality!
Anyone with access to a 3d printer can download and print a part for the sculpture. Start by signing in with your Google account and clicking the "Give me a File to Print" button above.
Diverse women and non-binary makers, we want to hear from you! We know the popular image of Rosie the Riveter doesn’t represent the wide spectrum of identities of today’s makers. We need your voices to help us reimagine Rosie, and shape a new narrative about who she could and should be. And you don't just have to be in 3D printing! We want to hear from woodworkers and welders, crafters and coders, engineers and educators - anyone who creates. If you're not a woman or non-binary maker, help us celebrate and uplift the voices of those in your community - offer to hold the camera, and ask them to share their story. This is a moment for them to shine!
Use your phone or camera to respond to these two prompts in a short video:
Post your video to social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube using the hashtags: #wetherosies #wethebuilders #nomcon . You can also share your photos on our Facebook Page or on Twitter #wethebuilders!
Follow all the inspiring stories at walls.io/wetherosies which showcases posts from all across the web.
Host an event for women and non-binary makers at your makerspace, library, school or community center with a 3d printer. Help makers share their stories and bring new traffic to your space.
Please print a part! We need everyone to bring this vision to reality. As for the video - help us celebrate and uplift the voices of women and non-binary makers in your community. (And they don't just have to be in 3D printing.) We want to hear from anyone who creates. Offer to hold the camera and ask them to share their story to #wetherosies. This is a moment for them to shine!
The exciting culmination of this project will take place during NOMCON, a convening of maker, hacker, technology, and crafts leaders hosted by Nation of Makers happening in Santa Fe, NM this June. Stay tuned for live coverage from the event, as well as a video documenting the build process with some special guests!
We the Builders brings together 3D printer operators from all over the world to create sculptures that inspire makers. Our sculptures have toured maker-related events of all sizes around the northeastern United States, from local STEAM education events all the way to the White House. The group was founded during a hackathon in 2014 by Todd Blatt and Marty McGuire.
If you're a fan of our work and want to help support this and future projects, you can support us on GoFundMe or donate directly via the PayPal link below. Since we are not a registered non-profit – just some makers funding this out of our own pockets – donations are not tax-deductible, but we are so grateful for any contributions - whether they are monetary, or just a gift of your time and space! We the Builders does not exist without people like you!
You can also grab a t-shirt featuring a rendering of the 3D model we're using for this project here on Amazon. They're available with free shipping to those of you with Prime memberships, and are made on demand. Proceeds from the sale of these shirts go towards our continued efforts in making large crowd-sourced 3D printed sculptures, and toting them around to see you all.
Special thanks to Smartlogic for their Baltimore Women in Tech microgrant that made this project possible, to Digital Harbor Foundation (where mini Rosie was sculpted) for their continued support of We the Builders, and to Sophie and Clara of Direct Dimensions for 3D scanning the original sculpture!
Jen Schachter is an artist and maker who brings her passion for collaborative public projects and a critical inquiry of the "maker movement" to work with We the Builders, Tested.com, Make: Magazine, and Nation of Makers. Jen went to school for fine art, but finds herself covered in sawdust and solder more often than paint these days. She gets her best, most epic ideas in the shower, washing off said sawdust, and will someday pursue her dream to build a hybrid pop-out workshop/tentfort/tinyhome inside a tourbus, and travel the continent.Jen is based in Baltimore, MD, where she is a resident at Open Works and a fellow at Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.
Jen sculpted the original Rosie bust in oil-based clay over a wire armature. At only 7" tall, the sculpture was 3d scanned, scaled up and sliced digitally into 2,625 printable pieces!
Our thanks to all the teams who are making this project happen!
Our thanks to all the individuals who are making this project happen!