Department store Saks Fifth Avenue is going 3D printing! Until December 24th the New York shop will give MasterCard cardholders an exclusively 3D printed snowflake. The snowflakes are printed on a MaketBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and they are a creation of illustrator Marian Bantjes.
Shoppers will receive a 3D printed snowflake when they spend 150 dollars or more at the department store on their MasterCard. Customers can also get to see the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in action on Wednesday through Friday from 4 until 9 p.m., and on weekends, on 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot has said to MarketWatch about this project: “Saks Fifth Avenue partnered with us on tBot. We loved the idea of taking the ethereal snowflake art of Marian Bantjes and 3D printing them into keepsake snowflake ornaments that can be displayed throughout the holiday season and beyond.”
Marian Bantjes is a Canadian designer, who makes very detailed and precise art with beautifully refined patterns. She’s often hired to create illustrations for magazines, advertising as well as other special projects, such as the Saks project. It’s not the first time she teams up with the department store. Already in 2008 she illustrated 25 snowflakes for the christmas season. By then, the snowflakes were turned into jewelry, but 2013 will be the first 3D printing experience for the designer.