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3D Printed Elephant in the Room Raises Awareness for Animal Abuse.
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By Noah W. | 3DP4E

For World Elephant Day, World Animal Protection (WSPA) has teamed up with Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker and Dutch artist Joris van Tubergen to make the idiomatic "Elephant in the Room" impossible to ignore any longer by printing it in front of the main entrance at the Neatherlands' Schiphol Airport.

The elephant, what's printing can be viewed live through online webcams, and will be completed by August 31st on the World Animal Protection website is to raise awareness for elephants being forced to undergo unnatural workloads that cause them pain, stress and suffering thus urging people to stop riding elephants for tourism purposes.

“This project shows that 3D printing is not just for hobbyists or commercial purposes,” Ultimaker CEO, Siert Wijnia, commented, “It can emphasize benefaction and the importance of a cause like World Elephant Day. We are very pleased that World Animal Protection chose Ultimaker as their 3D printing partner.”

The elephant is being 3D printed using 5 Ultimaker Original 3D printers, which – along with their print heads – have been flipped upside down so that they are able to print columns as high as 2.5 meters. Netherlands residents who donate will have their name 3D printed on the elephant with a special font called “Elephont”, which makes the writing look like elephant skin.

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