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Celebrating a book publishing milestone


February 19, 2019
By PrintAction Staff

A community of pioneering humanitarians say they have printed the world’s first 3D-printed book.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, Genius 100, a global community of purpose-driven leaders focusing on solutions to major issues, embarked on a publishing milestone — collecting the visions of the 100 leading innovators, artists, scientists and influencers in the world’s first 3D-printed book — Genius: 100 Visions of the Future.

Conceptualized through a partnership with Canadian Friends of Hebrew University (CFHU) and British-Israeli industrial designer, artist and architect Ron Arad, the milestone project aims to honour Einstein’s innovative spirit. The 100 visionaries featured in the 3D-printed book were carefully selected and include a number of notable Canadians, such as former commander of the International Space Station Colonel Chris Hadfield, renowned environmentalist and scientist Dr. David Suzuki, children’s rights activists Craig and Marc Kielburger, 2017 recipient of The Global Teacher Prize winner Maggie MacDonnell, and Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella.

Genius: 100 Visions of the Future will be printed and bound layer-by-layer through the laser-printing process. The total production run of 300 books will be created one by one, with each copy taking more than seven days to complete. The initial prototype, unveiled in September 2017 in Montreal, Que., was printed in zero gravity at the International Space Station in collaboration with NASA, the Japanese Space Agency and the European Space Agency.

Visionaries will receive their own copy, with additional copies allocated to Genius 100 Founders.

“Spearheaded by Ron Arad and CFHU President and CEO Rami Kleinmann, The Genius 100 team set out to do what seemed like the impossible: Produce a book that pushed technological boundaries while sharing the wisdom of 100 diverse and dynamic thought-leaders from around the globe,” Julie Toskan Casale, Head of Business Development at Genius 100, said. “To see this project come to life through the first ever 3D-printed book is an incredibly proud moment for the Genius 100 community, an unprecedented initiative that truly speaks to our goal of inspiring creative minds across the globe.”

 
This article was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of PrintAction, now available online.