National Soccer Day
FIFA 2018 Edition

It's National Soccer Day on the 28th this weekend and with recent win of the FIFA World Cup with France 4 to Croatia 2, we figured what better way to celebrate National Soccer Day than with celebrating National Soccer Day and the FIFA World Cup together and throwing a little bit of 3D printing into the mix!


The FIFA World Cup 2018 kicked off nearly ten days ago in Moscow on June 14th with Russia and Saudi Arabia leading the open games. With over 32 nations qualified to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup you just know this is going to be a World Cup worth remembering. But sadly enough the USA did not meet qualifying requirements and shortly after a few rounds and a few days the World Cup ended up just being a Europe Cup.

But no matter, the FIFA World Cup 2018 was an amazing competition to watch as very skilled athletes fought head to head for the World Cup. Though the World Cup is no easy task to achieve, it is a treasure worthy only for those who have what it takes to make it to the FIFA World Cup finals but for those who think they have what it takes and a 3D printer and mind set for achieving the World Cup then the World Cup is well within reach.

With a little help from 3DPrintNovesia from Thingiverse, the FIFA World Cup has an amazing look and feel to it for being 3D printed. This trophy is 3D printed with no supports, 10-15% infill and just at a .2mm resolution which makes for a well rounded FIFA World Cup trophy but doesn't mean you can't changed the parameters like the resolution or give it a good sanding to really bring out the gold reflection for the trophy. This trophy has three aligning holes and connector pins so you can place the two parts perfectly aligned unless you have the time to edit the 3D model into one part and can 3D print the entire trophy in one part. If you want to check out more of the 3D printed FIFA World Cup trophy you can always check out his thingiverse site here.

National Soccer Day

Nothing says National Soccer Day quite like getting 3D scanned and 3D printed in your soccer uniform as a sandstone figurine. Among the top things to do for National Soccer Day getting 3D scanned and 3D printed in your soccer uniform isn't one that we would expect to get until now.

Usually for team pictures you are usually taking one to three pictures for a good overall picture not hundreds or thousands and definitely not in a 3D scanning booth. So when team pictures came around the Austrian football team SK Sturm Graz decided to really stand out and team up with the Austrian 3D printing company That's when the entire SK Sturm Graz team was replicated into miniatures and then came out with this great team photo and even got to take their miniaturized players home.

The company’s goal is to make high-quality 3D printing accessible to as many people as possible. That’s a pretty lofty goal, but they’ve chosen a pretty ingenious way of promoting 3D printing — by connecting with fans of the world’s most popular sport and their region’s most popular team, SK Sturm Graz. This ingenious idea makes for an amazing team photo and one that you will never forget once everything is done 3D printed and all the miniature figurines are set up and ready for the team picture.

3D Printing Stadium
In Qatar For 2022!

Scientists at Qatar University are testing 3D-printed models of football stadiums that Qatar is building for the 2022 World Cup to see if they can endure the Gulf state’s punishing desert climate. The team from Europe and the Middle East are exploring how the stadiums can be adapted to handle sand storms and searing heat because during the winter months in November when the games are to take place Qatar still experiences sand and dust storms in those months.

"Qatar wants venues that can be used all year. They don’t want white elephants. So we are looking at aerodynamics, how changing the shape of the stadium affects the dust, heat and wind inside and factoring all this into the design of the new stadiums." - said Saud Ghani, a Qatar University engineering professor.

For the past six months, the College of Engineering at Qatar University have turned raw data on cooling technology and aerodynamics collected from the 1:300 scale model into value engineering solutions for designing the new stadiums for the 2022 games. With the 1:300 3D printed scale model stadium model in a wind tunnel for aerodynamics testing the team can then analyze the raw data that they collect from the laser beams that capture the flow of air over the design, with the measurements being processed by the Qatar University team through detailed analytics software.

Thanks to the work made from Qatar University’s team, the design team for the stadium has made aerodynamic changes as a result. This creates a lot of saving through value engineering. They also look at the roof structure to minimalise the amount of steel, which will reduce energy and capital costs, and reduces the effect on the environment. In effect we are minimising the effect on the environment, as well as the cost and the operational cost.

"I believe this is the future of the stadium design industry. Testing used to be done on clay models, but this technology is now at the forefront of stadium design and is also being used for high-rise buildings in Qatar instead of sending them for aerodynamics testing in Canada or Germany as was previously done. You can print anything from cars to skulls for reconstructive surgery, using different materials including metal, titanium, and aluminium." - said Saud Ghani, a Qatar University engineering professor.

If you want to read the full article on 3D printing the World Cup Stadiums for 2022 you can check them out at here