2018 World Cup statues are made by laser

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Four metre tall stainless steel statues of football players have been made by a German-Russian laser centre for the 2018 World Cup, which will be hosted in Russia.

Five stainless steel statues will stand outside the central stadium in Yekaterinburg city, which is 1,500km east of Moscow. The statues were designed by the Regional Center of Sheet Processing and made by the Ural Laser Innovation Technology Center, both of which are based in Yekaterinburg. The Ural laser centre is a joint venture by Russian and German laser organisations. The centre uses Trumpf laser technology and that was used by the centre to make the statues.

The Ural centre is one of five Russian centres for testing, consulting and training that were set up through a project led by the Laser Zentrum Hannover and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The main goal of the centres is to help and support regional companies, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises, in using and setting up laser-based production processes.