Printing the Next President of America
Last year, a project led by a Smithsonian team to produce a 3D printed bust of President Obama received lots of attention. It was lauded as the 21st Century means to produce a bust for the official National Portrait Gallery collection faster and easier than the traditional plaster casting techniques used to capture the likenesses of previous US presidents.
However, the Smithsonian team did not print Obama in full colour, instead, they produced a monochrome model but we decided to print President Obama in full, photorealistic-colour (see image below on the right). This model communicates infinitely more than monochrome 3D printing, such as facial details, shading, textures and even personality, all of which result in a far more realistic bust than the monochrome 3D print on the left. And, Mcor full-colour 3D printing does so at a fraction of the cost of other 3D printing technology and in a much safer and more eco-friendly manner.
Roll forward a year and you cannot turn on a TV or radio, surf news online or open a newspaper without seeing or hearing coverage about the US Presidential election 2016 – who will be the next American President? It always makes interesting debate but this time around even more so because it’s two heavy weight opponents, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump!
So, this year we thought it would be interesting to 3D print the two candidates in full colour on our full colour 3D printers and in doing so we would be essentially printing the next American President!! Mcor 3D printing is between 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology so affordable for everyone if you would like to keep a Donald or Hilary in your pocket over the next few months!
Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to scan Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump personally so instead for our Trump and Clinton models we collaborated with Digital sculpture author – Nikolay Vorobyov, (http://voronart.com/). Nikolay created the digital files using his own interpretation of what Trump and Clinton look like including the colours of their hair, skin, clothes etc. Then with an ICC profile we matched correctly Nikolay’s interpretation of the real colours and prepared the file for printing on our full colour 3D printer.
Mcor 3D printers create complex, durable and stable physical 3D models from paper and the models can be tapped, threaded, hinged, and made water resistant and flexible. We can also match to any pantone colour in a file using our ICC colour maps. This means that the 3D printer will precisely produce industry standard colours as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration. Without it, intended colours are often corrupted.
So see below the end result – our Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton models –
I am sure the question mark over Trump’s taxes will rage on in the media but we can tell you here and now in this blog that it just costs €28 ($31) to print your very own copy of Trump and €30 ($33) to print Hilary! Hilary is slightly more expensive to print due to more volume in her model – she obviously had a ‘bigger’ hair day than Trump that day!
So, in the coming months on the run up to this very big election if you fancy keeping a Trump or Clinton model at hand to show your support just get one printed on a Mcor printer, a 3D printer that truly shows the candidates in their TRUE COLOURS – the rest is up to the American people!