January 15, 2011

@ZCorporation 3D prints featured in Wikipedia 10 design concepts.

Happy Birthday, Wikipedia!
The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit is celebrating its tenth anniversary today - what a milestone!

Whether fact-checking something at work or helping with kids' homework, many of us use Wikipedia as a go-to reference. And think about it...Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous Internet volunteers who write without pay. Anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles. How powerful is that, having a community sharing knowledge?

Not long ago, our friends over at the design build studio Because We Can worked with Wikimedia to remodel their office. Jeffrey McGrew and his creative cohorts did an amazing job. When it came time to put together the components of the Wikipedia 10 design concept, Jeffrey was asked to provide small 3D models. Needing to print 3D models that could be used, photographed, touched and passed around, Jeffrey contacted us to make his Blender model come to life.

Using the Z Corporation Z650 printer in our San Francisco office, Ideate printed (14) of the 3D Wikipedia globes in less than a day. The Z650 printer works great for physical prototypes of real world objects, design elements or a scale model building. We were glad to have a small part in helping Wikipedia look good on their birthday!

Next time you look up a word on Wikipedia, tip your hat to the community of users who are working diligently to build a powerful, multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia.

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