The first ever six foot tall, entirely 3D printed menorah is on schedule to be finished before Chanukah this year. It is being assembled from over 100 individual components, and will take over a thousand hours to print.
The Rebbe taught us that technology only exists so we may use it to serve Hashem, making a dira b’tachtonim. Possibly the greatest example of this was “Chanukah Live”, when satellite television technology was used to connect Jews around the globe in a massive pirsumei nisa event.
As technology rapidly develops, the responsibility falls on us to discover new ways of utilizing it to spread Yiddishkeit, and to bring Moshiach closer.
Until recently, Additive Manufacturing or “3D printing” has remained inaccessible to the average consumer. Generally only scientists and engineers could afford to invest it. But now, with computer technology and electronics becoming cheap and commonplace, anyone with some patience and creativity can start printing their own unique creations.
Already, more and more individuals are creating pushkas, menorahs, and other Judaica, thereby fulfilling the purpose of this technology.
While this is an amazing development, it still has its limitations. Printed parts can take hours or even days to complete. Affordable machines are limited in size, and can be difficult to work with.
However, with Hashem’s help, the first ever six foot tall, entirely 3D printed menorah is on schedule to be finished before Chanukah this year. It is being assembled from over 100 individual components, all taking over a thousand hours to print, as well as many spools of plastic material. The menorah is modelled after the one that stands in 770 each year, and is fully functional, with interchangeable candle lamps.
It is currently for sale for any shliach, shul, or museum that wants to be a part of this moment in history.
The designer can be contacted at [email protected]