3D Printed Replicas of Armenian Heritage Park’s Dodecahedron Created for Benefactors

Share this Article

downloadThe positive energy and power of Mcor 3D printing with paper is making headlines again — this time in Boston, where the Mcor 3D printing technology using paper is now part of a remarkable tradition connected to Armenian Heritage Park and its ever-changing dodecahedron sculpture.

The sculpture was a gift to the city in celebration of the many immigrants who arrived there after leaving their homelands. More specifically to the Armenian culture, the dodecahedron also serves as a dedication to everyone who died in the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923, as well as all other genocides. Armenian Heritage Park also features a labyrinth composed of grass and inlaid stone, which is meant to be a symbol of life’s journey, with a jet of water at the center, as a further symbol of hope and rebirth.

Home-4The gift of the sculpture is also a statement of long-term commitment and dedication, for each year, the enormous work of art composed of steel and aluminum is rearranged by a crane, symbolizing the disconnection of immigrants from their home countries and the reconfiguration of their lives after they arrived in Massachusetts and started over. It represents a deeply thoughtful gift to the city that is certainly not a work of donated art just placed in a park and forgotten. The sculpture is continually tended to and repositioned with thought and substantial effort.

Because of the amazing contributions from benefactors and organizations, Don Tellalian, AIA, the Park’s designer and architect, wanted to think of an equally thoughtful gift to give back to them that would be a daily reminder of thanks from the city.

3D Printed Replica

With the help of digital designer David Munson of Munson3D and Don Fienman of NE3DP, Mcor Technologies Certified Reseller and provider of Mcor 3D printing services, Tellalian began exploring methods for producing handheld replicas of the sculpture that could be updated every year. 3D printing is an obvious choice since designs can be refined so easily.

After experimenting with different materials and sizes of the 3D printed replicas, the team focused in on the technology provided by Mcor, with the Mcor IRIS paper-based 3D printer. This particular choice of printer gave them more bang for their buck as they could produce larger replicas at a lower price due to the printer material (paper), which coincidentally also provided a stronger product, with less chance of breakage. Tellalian envisioned these replicas on desks, accessible, and meant to be handled, so resilience was a priority.

“The Mcor IRIS produces the most cost-effective and best product for us,” said Barbara Tellalian of Tellalian Consultants, spearheading development and fund raising for the project. “Annually the sculpture models, sitting on a benefactor’s desk or coffee table, can be reconfigured, just as the actual sculpture is reconfigured in the Park.”

Multiple-models

The dodecahedron is a massive sculpture serving as a reminder of something very serious, but also as a celebration of America and the immigration experience. It is thus also a perfect reminder to all when facing controversies in the news regarding immigration and ethnicities — that nearly all of us are products of the melting pot and from new generations to old, we owe a great deal to the welcoming arms of America — and it owes a great deal to us.

Have you been involved in 3D printing any famous sculptures or American landmarks? Have you visited the Armenian Heritage Park in Boston? Share with us in the Armenian Heritage Park 3D Printed Dodecahedron thread at 3DPB.com.

lastThe Armenian Heritage Park was a gift from American-Armenians, and is situated between Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The Greenway and the Park celebrate Boston’s place in history overall as a port for immigrants from all over the world to Massachusetts, and their impact on cultural and economic development in the United States.

use 2

The Labrinth at Armenian Heritage Park, Boston

use 3

Share this Article


Recent News

HP Teams with New Balance and Superfeet for 3D-Printed Custom Insoles

The Top 10 SelfCAD Improvements of 2019



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Korea: 3D Printed Protection Suits for Senior Citizens

In the recently published ‘Developing Fall-Impact Protection Pad with 3D Mesh Curved Surface Structure Using 3D Printing Technology,’ authors Jung Hyun Park and Jeong Ran Lee once again prove our...

Sponsored

Top 5 Software Packages for 3D Printing

3D printing is a tough job. Although once learned, it does not seem too tricky. However, for beginners, it might not seem as friendly as various other new technologies. The...

3D Printing News Briefs: November 8, 2019

We’ve got plenty of business news for you in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, starting with 3devo’s upcoming expansion to the United States. Optomec just shipped its 500th 3D printing...

Interview with Aaron Breuer, the CEO of SelfCAD

With perhaps only ten to twenty million people being proficient in CAD we can maintain that everyone could or should 3D print but the reality is that this isn’t in...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Services & Data

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!