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On September 22nd 2020, “design” company Dimensional Innovations (DI) of Overland Park, Kansas unveiled the Al Davis Memorial Torch, a 93-ft.-tall 3D printed commemorative structure honouring the long-time franchise owner of professional American football team the Las Vegas Raiders. Davis owned the team from 1972 until his death in 2011, and the torch prominently features an inscription of his “vision” that “the fire that burns the brightest in the Raiders’ organization is the will to win.” Three years in the making, DI claimed that the torch is currently pending acceptance by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest 3D printed structure.
DI boasted that the torch was built from 225 3D printed blocks of carbon fibre reinforced polycarbonate composite, each of which weighed circa 350 lbs. (159 kg). In addition, the torch has a reflective surface comprising 1,148 metal panels that were made from more than 35,000 lbs. (15.9 metric tonnes) of raw aluminium. DI also proclaimed that 18 of their employees had dedicated nearly 50,000 hours developing, creating and installing the torch. It will be housed at the Allegiant Stadium of Paradise, Nevada and publicly displayed during the off-season and Raiders home games.
Following Davis’s death in 2011, the Raiders started a tradition of lighting the previous Al Davis Memorial Torch before every game. In 1992, Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame for being the only person in history to serve professional American football as all of: a player personnel assistant, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, league commissioner, and principal owner and chief executive officer of a National Football League team.
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