British YouTuber James Bruton has fulfilled his dream of becoming a Guinness World Records title holder after building the world's Tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human.

The 41-year-old created a model of himself, but on a much larger scale - it stands at a whopping 3.62 metres tall!

With the help of 3DFilaPrint and Lulzbot, James has beaten the previous record of 3.06 m (10 ft), set by FabLab Kielce in Poland, in 2016.

James, who runs a YouTube channel called xrobots, had himself scanned using an iPad at Portsmouth University CCI faculty to get his shape and dimensions.

The team then had a look at his videos to fill any gaps and make sure the proportions were correct, before James was given a mesh that he could use to begin the build.

The sculpture was constructed in separate pieces so that it could be stored in James’ home.

With a substantial 50-kg of filament used to create the sculpture, he needed to be able to move it with ease.

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In total, the sculpture took 500 hours to build, with two machines printing nearly 24/7.

Including the time it took to reset the printer after each section, the sculpture took around two months to complete.

James has been building things since he was a child and his parents said they even had to ration cellotape from him as it was more expensive in the 80’s and he would use it all so quickly!

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More recently, he has been building robots since 2004 and in the last five years he has had the help of 3D printing which makes it much easier to create accurate mechanical parts for his builds.

James is an advocate for accessible science for children, in line with new book Guinness World Records: Science and Stuff.

He visits schools with his builds, to show kids how to code and create items using 3D printing, hoping to get them excited about science from a young age.

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The record-breaking sculpture will be housed at Winchester Discovery Centre from July to September 2018, as part of the Creative Genius Exhibition.

James exhibits at a regular science fair in the venue, taking along robots and other 3D printed items to engage children in science activity throughout the year.

"I really enjoyed working towards the Guinness World Records title for this - I’m thinking about doing another one in the future. It took two months and a lot of printing time to achieve the record so I’m pleased to have finally got my hands on it!"

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Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday said: "3D printing is a prime example of how Guinness World Records is continually evolving to embrace the latest, cutting-edge technologies. 

"Indeed, that’s why we’ve published our new Science & Stuff book – to capture some of the superlatives emerging from the exciting worlds of consumer tech, gadgetry, drones, 3D printing and artificial intelligence. 

"We’re all living in the middle of an exciting technological and digital revolution, and we’re delighted to welcome James – and the 3.62-m version of him – into the Guinness World Records family."

You can read more about 3D printing in Guinness World Records: Science & Stuff, which looks at the future of the technology as well as showcasing a number of 3D printed firsts including cars, aircraft and even dresses.

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