London, UK – April 2018 – Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking achievements, is delighted to announce the brand-new record for the Tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human. In celebration of new Guinness World Records new book, Science and Stuff, the sculpture built by James Bruton, 41, stands tall at a whopping 3.62m as measured in Southampton, UK, beating the previous record of 3.06m.

James, who has his own YouTube channel xrobots, built the sculpture with the aim of becoming a Guinness World Records title holder. He decided to have the sculpture as a model of himself and initially had himself scanned using an iPad at Portsmouth University CCI faculty to get the shape and dimensions – they then had a look at his videos on YouTube to fill any gaps and get the proportions correct. He was then given a mesh that he could use to begin the build. The sculpture was built in separate pieces so that it could be stored in James’ home. With a substantial 50kg of filament used to create the sculpture he needed to be able to move it with ease. 

In total, the sculpture took 500 hours to build over two machines printing nearly 24/7. Including the time it took to reset the printer after each section, the sculpture took a total of 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! More recently he has been building robots since 2004 and in the last five years he has had the help of 3D printing to make it much easier to create accurate mechanical parts to be used in his builds.

James is an advocate for accessible science for children in line with new book Guinness World Records: Science and Stuff – he has done school visits with his builds showing kids how to code and how to create items using 3D printing to get them excited about science from a young age. The sculpture will be housed at Winchester Discovery Centre from July to September 2018 as part of the Creative Genius Exhibition. James hosts a regular science fair in the venue taking along robots and other 3D printed builds to engage children in science activity throughout the year. 

Guinness World Records: Science & Stuff is a whirlwind tour through the astounding, record-breaking world (and universe) around us. Science & Stuff is packed with spectacular superlatives, shocking stats, fantastic facts and fun figures Within the new book there is a double page spread focusing solely on 3D printing, we look at the future of the technology and the direction it is heading in along with a number of firsts to be 3D printed including cars, aircrafts and even dresses. 

On finding out he had achieved the record James said: “I really enjoyed working towards 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!”

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.” 

Amber-Georgina Gill

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