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Published on March 26th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin

3D printed book, with Albert Einstein face releasing soon, for his 100th anniversary

Artist Ron Arad has 3D printed a book about Albert Einstein. The book is 3D printed in the shape of Einstein’s face. Only last year, when Einstein’s theory of gravitational waves was proved correct, the moment was commemorated with a 3D print. This year, the 3D printed book with his face is released to mark 100 years of the publication of the theory of relativity.

An architect, artist, and an industrial designer is one of the participants of the Einstein legacy project. The 100 years were marked not just with the release of the book; it also saw the establishment of the Einstein Archives, Research and Visitor Center in Jerusalem and the Next Einstein Competition, will soon start to break the Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Albert Einstein.”

Arad’s book – Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, has been compiled with the contribution of today’s greatest leaders, thinkers and icons, including eight Nobel laureates: Shinya Yamanaka, Steven Chu, Sir Harold Kroto, Dan Schectman, Jean-Marie Lehn, François Englert, Roger D. Kornberg, and Robert J. Aumann. Among the other contributors is the architect Frank Gehry, former astronaut Chris Hadfield, authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, singer/actress Barbra Streisand, geneticist J. Craig Venter, United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Paulo Coehlo, and artist Marina Abramovic.

These contributors are pioneers in their fields who have inspired people by their leadership, innovation, influence, and genius. Though previously too, books have been 3D printed, they have always been done for the visually impaired. These books have been printed in pieces and then compiled. Arad’s book, however, has been 3D printed in a single piece. It will take approx 12 hours to print the entire book, hence there would be a limited print release.

The book will comprise of 100 pages with each contributor getting the one polyamide sheet each. The process of selective laser sintering will be used and the flexible polyamide will serve as the hinge of the book.

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