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Stratasys 3D Prints World Cup Stadium for Grand Finale

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Renovated Maracanã design by
Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

Rio de Janeiro’s legendary Arena Maracanã soccer stadium was originally built for the 1950 World Cup. More than 60 years later, it is still looking beautiful thanks to a recent renovation project by the architectural firm Fernandes Arquitetos Associados. The firm began the project in 2010, deciding to improve the existing stadium rather than tearing it down and building a new one.

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The complete renovated Maracanã stadium,
photo by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

The renovated stadium, encompassing 124,000 m2 and featuring 78,838 seats, was completed in 2013. The main changes occurred in the design of the stands, where new structures were designed to meet the ideal conditions of visibility, safety and comfort. A stunning new “floating roof,” designed by Germany’s Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, is constructed from high tension PTFE coated fiberglass membrane.

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Close up of 3D printed Maracanã produced on an Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer; renovated stadium design by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados; photo by Yoram Reshef

According to lead architect Daniel Fernandes, “We think of modernity and functionality of stadiums, always worrying about the comfort of spectators with the optimization of natural resources, and also with the future development of the region around these projects.”

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Maracanã stadium 3D printed with Rigid Opaque White material on an Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer; renovated stadium design by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados; photo by Yoram Reshef

Fernandes recognized that Maracanã is more than just a stadium, it is part of Brazil’s cultural heritage and a worldwide symbol of the one of the world’s biggest sporting events.  Stratasys couldn’t agree more! Working with STL files provided by Fernandes Arquitetos Associados, we 3D printed Maracanã on the Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer using rigid opaque (VeroWhitePlus) material. The model was assembled from just two parts – the roof and the base.

Architects the world over are using Stratasys 3D printing to test their designs and present them to  customers. Watch this short video to see how we moved Maracanã from files to a fan-pleasing model.

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Carrie Wyman

Carrie Wyman

Carrie is a technology and 3D printing enthusiast, with a passion for beautiful design.


  • Very impressing. The design and the process.
    As an Architect, I know that printing a 3D model is a process were you need to tune your model to the printer standard. I wondered how did you manage that on time.

  • Amazing indeed! Makes me wonder, how can the acoustic aspect being tested in this process?
    After all the stadiums real material and the modeling materials are so different so question is – does the process includes acoustic testing? is it something that being consider in such projects infrastructure planning?

    • We did not use this model for acoustic testing but it definitely can be done using the proper software!

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