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Much is known about the capabilities of 3D printing. From living body parts to high end dining, researchers have developed ways to print a mindboggling array of objects in the third dimension. But just how far can scientists and tech boffins push 3D printing, and could it be used to print buildings, landmarks and other massive objects?

To find out, we tallied up the time and cost of 3D printing the world’s most celebrated landmarks, as well as other structures you’ll no doubt recognise.


Whether you want to erect Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower in your back garden, it seems 3D printing has a long way to go before it replaces traditional building techniques. That said 3D printing technologies are emerging at an extraordinary rate, with new variations of the tech hitting the headlines every other day. And with each ground breaking new development, surely we’re one step closer to printing our own pyramids, Death Stars and star ships?

Don’t forget, the above calculations were based on printing from a standard household 3D printer. Use a 3D printer like this one, and we reckon you could have your own Hogwarts in a fraction of the time — especially if you had two or three of them.

So if money and time was no object — what would you 3D print life-size? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Until 3D printing finally takes over the world, most of us are stuck with good old 2D printers. No matter what the make and model of your household or business printer, TonerGiant are sure to have the product that meets your refill and replace requirements. To browse our range of cheap printers and consumables visit the homepage or call us on 0845 365 3605.Like Our Infographic? Use the Code Below to Share!

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