'Don Quixote' Gets a 3D-Printed Horse For Its 400th Birthday
Rocinante, the Don's indelible steed, has been immortalized by Oyma 3D.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra’s metafictional masterpiece Don Quixote turns 400 this year. For its birthday, the book receives a 3D-printed sculpture of the Don’s indelible horse Rocinante, gifted by Oyma 3D's founder Mahmoud Al-Swedy. Over the course of nine months, the Egyptian entrepreneur designed and prototyped the sculpture until Rocinante was reborn—through a technology beyond Don Quixote’s wildest imaginings. Mounted on a horseshoe-shaped stand with a quoted inscription, “Thou hast seen nothing yet”, Al-Swedy’s beast freezes in majestic mid-gallop with a 3D-printed body that resembles the delicate designs of woodcuts.
The entrepreneur has launched an Indiegogo compaign in the hopes of funding a 400 fold limited-edition distribution of the 3D-printed steed, made from flexible white nylon plastic through the online platform, Shapeways. If all goes well, Al-Swedy also plans to turn his design into a 20-foot tall bronze statue, installed at an as-of-yet undecided locale. Below, Rocinante in 3D!