Recycled materials from UK filament brand, Filamentive, have been used to produce 3D-printed, illuminated Penguins for Chester Zoo.

The most visited wildlife attraction in the UK, Chester Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the country, featuring over 20,000 animals.

Social enterprise, Wild Rumpus CIC, is a producer of large-scale outdoor events and has commissioned ‘The Lanterns at Chester Zoo’ for the last three years, beginning 2019 – a Christmas attraction attracting more than 90,000 visitors. These illuminated worlds include a plethora of interactive lit puppets.

One such attraction included two-hundred, 60-cm tall, penguins. These illuminated pieces were 3D-printed by 3D printing service, RENND.

The penguins prints were produced sustainably from Filamentive PLA filament, which derives from recycled material which would otherwise go to landfill if not recycled.

“As an industry, we should be proud that 3D printing is being used for large-scale outdoor productions; it is truly rewarding to see our sustainable materials selected for high-visibility projects and a great feeling to be a small part of a spectacular, Christmas event that brings thousands of families together.”

Ravi Toor – Founder & Managing Director, Filamentive

At the time of writing, The Lanterns will be returning in 2022, on selected dates from Friday 11 November – Friday 23 December. Learn more at this link.

Produced by: Wild Rumpus CIC 

3D printed by: RENND Ltd 

Material used: Filamentive PLA 

Location: Chester Zoo, UK

Filamentive ( – is the market leader in sustainable materials for FFF 3D Printing. The company was founded to address the environmental need to use more recycled plastics in 3D printing, and also alleviate market concerns over quality and long-term sustainability. Filamentive has experienced rapid growth and continues to address the questions surrounding 3D printing recycled materials. Headquartered in Bradford, United Kingdom, Filamentive materials are trusted by thousands of educators, engineers and makers globally.