Article courtesy of the Knoxville News Sentinel

ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility set a Guinness World Record today for the largest solid 3-D printed item.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory held a ceremony at the facility, in which Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric confirmed measurements of a 3-D printed tool that the Boeing Co. will use to help form the wing tips of its new 777X airliner. The part, which was produced with the facility’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing Machine, was 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide, 1.5 feet thick and weighed 1,650 pounds.

Assisted by ORNL staff member Brittany Cramer, Empric took measurements of the object to see if it surpassed a previous record of 10.6 cubic feet for a 3-D printed item. He stepped to the lectern and after a few suspenseful remarks, announced the results.

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