While most of the 3D printing projects we discuss on 3dprinting.com are innovating, we have also reported about a variety of odd projects. What to think of this Chinese project that turns peoples’s ashes into sculptures? Or a company called 3D Babies, which 3D prints the fetus of a yet unborn child and delivers the object in some sort of a ‘baby coffin’? Can it get any weirder than that? Oh, bloody hell, of course it can! Meet 3D printing company Cremation Solutions, which 3D prints urns in the shape of your loved one.
The general idea behind this project by Cremation Solutions – what a name for a company, by the way – is that you don’t have to use a non-personal urn anymore after someone is cremated. Instead of such urns, the company could print you one in the exact shape of your loved one’s head. Despite the oddness of this project, it has an interesting technical side as well.
At first, this technique really isn’t new, and 3D figurines of people are being made all of the time by a wide variety of companies. However, what they usually do to create the objects is that they first take a 3D photograph. Such a thing is not really possible – or appropriate – with a died person. This company therefore solely needs one or two photos – one from the side and one from the front for the best results. Using these photos, this company can create a 3D model of the person’s face and neck.
The company itself writes the following:
“The urns are created using the latest technology to create a perfect likeness of the deceased. Using pictures and special facial recognition software we can transform your favourite two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional sculpture that captures the finest details. They only need one or two photos to create the likeness, and it can even erase blemishes so they will look their best for all eternity. You will never again have to worry that you might forget what your loved one looked like when you invest in one of these custom-made very lifelike cremation urns.”
As we all know life is expensive, but ‘death’ is even more expensive if you want a 3D printed urn. At first, there is a small model which costs 600 dollars. It can hold a part of the ashes of the cremated body and costs 600 dollars. In case you would want an urn which holds the ashes of an entire body, which I guess anyone would want, it costs you 2600 dollars.
Well, one thing I would like to add about this weirdness: don’t shoot the messenger – and don’t 3D print an urn of the messenger as well. Thanks! Danke schön! Gracias!
Image: Obama was among the first ones to get 3D printed – but don’t worry, he’s still alive. Image credits: Cremation Solutions.