Measuring in at 576 lbs, over 9 ft tall, and 33 ft around, the ball was created to reinforce the message to reduce paper and inefficiency in the manufacturing inspection process.
The building and design of the ball was live-streamed at the International Manufacturing Trade Show (IMTS) in Chicago, and after a stringent review period, it was confirmed the team successfully achieved the new world record.
“Paper creates so much waste,” says InspectionXpert founder Jeff Cope (pictured left). “We wanted to do something ridiculous to highlight how preposterous paper is in 2018 when there are more efficient solutions.”
The ball did not entail any tape or glue to hold it together and only consisted of paper products using recycled paper from schools across Wake County, North Carolina. The internal ‘guts’ of the massive structure was made from honeycomb cardboard, while the outside of the ball was covered with a net made from brown paper cord. After the final ball was weighed, the colossal ball of paper was recycled.
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