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The enormity of the torch, both physically and ideologically, will carry on the memory of

Mr. Davis for years to come and we’re proud to have played a part in that."

Tucker Trotter, CEO, Dimensional Innovations

Commemorating the long-time franchise owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, the vision for the Al Davis Memorial Torch required an approach beyond traditional fabrication methods. With this challenge in mind, we proposed an unconventional idea: the torch, standing over nine stories tall, would become the world’s tallest free-standing 3D-printed structure.

DI worked closely with Mark Davis, current owner of the Raiders and son of Al Davis, along with other leaders from the organization to ensure the torch paid homage to the influential owner. In addition to the Raiders, we collaborated with MANICA Architecture, original conceptual designer of the torch; Mortenson-McCarthy, general contractor; HNTB, architect of record for Allegiant Stadium; Ultratech Aerospace; A. Zahner; Bob D. Campbell Engineering; Astound Group; and Purdue University in its design and creation. Eighteen DI employees have dedicated nearly 50,000 hours developing, creating and installing the structure.

226

3D-printed blocks made of carbon fiber, reinforced polycarbonate composite, each weighing approximately 350 pounds

1,148

Unique surface aluminum panels make up the metallic surface of the torch—each robotically painted for a custom finish and seamless reflectivity

 

In 2019, our team acquired a 5’ x 10’ x 20’ Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) machine—one of three existing models created for large-scale 3D-printing in the United States—to begin the project. While other fabrication methods couldn’t recreate the torch’s unique shape with precision and minimal waste, the LSAM was going to make this complex project possible.

The Al Davis Memorial Torch is constructed of 226 3D-printed blocks made of carbon fiber, reinforced polycarbonate composite, each weighing approximately 350 lbs. Over 100,000 lbs. of raw material were used to print the blocks, which were then machined on a five-axis router to a tolerance of approximately the width of a human hair.

50,000

Hours needed to develop, create and install the memorial

93 feet

The height of the torch, from base to tip

 

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Justin Wood

Justin Wood

Principal / Sports + Higher Education Practice Director

With over 20 years of experience communicating and developing meaningful projects with clients, Justin Wood brings an unparalleled range of expertise to Dimensional Innovations. As the Sports and Higher Education Practice Director,... more about Justin Wood Justin Wood Justin Wood Principal / Sports + Higher Education Practice Director

With over 20 years of experience communicating and developing meaningful projects with clients, Justin Wood brings an unparalleled range of expertise to Dimensional Innovations.

As the Sports and Higher Education Practice Director, Justin feeds his passion for developing matchless, engaging experiences for our clients by focusing on dynamic environments. He has led the charge of building these practice portfolios through developing sponsorship activations, halls of fame and immersive branding experiences.

His leadership in projects help clients and brands improve the pro and collegiate experience by connecting their story to interactive and physical environments. Justin’s resume also boasts seven years of running his own design-build consulting company.

Justin’s portfolio of projects has appeared in multiple sports market publications, and he has presented at ALSD, SEGD’s Dynamic Environments series and at multiple Sports Business Journal workshops. Justin was named as an SBJ Power Player in 2020.

Rick Smith

Rick Smith

VP/ECD Experiential Design

A truly versatile designer, manager and creative leader, Rick Smith brings more than 20 years experience to DI. Rick inspires excellence in DI’s creative team, crafting fully integrated designs and rich experiences with end users in... more about Rick Smith Rick Smith Rick Smith VP/ECD Experiential Design

A truly versatile designer, manager and creative leader, Rick Smith brings more than 20 years experience to DI. Rick inspires excellence in DI’s creative team, crafting fully integrated designs and rich experiences with end users in mind. He manages creative direction and team efforts, streamlining design processes for all of DI’s projects.
Rick’s strength lies in his ability to connect brands and their customers to the physical environment. His collaborative and comprehensive approach details the project vision through words, ideas and images.

Not only a leader at DI, Rick is heavily involved in the Kansas City design community. A member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) and AIGA, Rick chairs the local SEGD chapter, is on the AIGAKC Board of Directors and on the Kansas City Design Week Planning committee.

Married for over 10 years, Rick and his wife have two children. An outdoors-kind-of-guy, Rick enjoys climbing, camping, mountaineering, and just generally being outside. He also plays guitar and coaches his daughter’s softball team in his not-so-abundant spare time.

 
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