What is it with all of these new coins nowadays? Since the introduction of the Bitcoin a lot of new currencies have entered the game, with Kanye West coin Coinye even ending up into a legal battle. Another rapper, another idea, is what Brandon Hixton from WE MAKE MUSIC must have thought. He used the face of American rapper Rick Ross as a new coin bank, making it the most expensive 3D printed piggy bank ever.
This glittering piggy bank is called The Ricky Bank and the website claims it’s “Hip-Hop’s most expensive coin bank.” One could also say it’s the world’s most inadequate coin bank, because you have to save up as many as 4,999.99 dollars to get your own copy of The Ricky Bank. In order words: saving up in order to save up. Saving up in style, as the luxury material costs elucidate this extremely high price. The Ricky Bank consists of 420 Stainless Steel, infused with bronze, and uses a final composition of 70 percent steel and 30 percent bronze.
Well, let’s just not really buy this, but rather look at it as a funny art project with a 3D printer. How is it being made? The website explains: “To build “The Ricky Bank”, special 3D printers deposit small drops of glue onto layers of stainless steel powder, one layer at a time, until the bank is complete. We carefully remove these models from the printer.” They continue: “At this stage of the process, the objects are very fragile, similar to wet sand. The bank then goes through an infusion process that replaces the glue with bronze, creating a full metal product. The bank is then processed, sprayed with a sealant, and shipped to you.”
They work together with New York-based 3D printing company Shapeways in order to print out all the coin banks. In case you’re a millionaire and a fan of American hiphop, it would probably interest you that this team is currently working on more coin banks, such as The Biggie Bank and The Diddy Bank.
Image credits: Brandon Hixton/ The Ricky Bank.