Customization is what will ultimately lead 3D printing out of the category of being just a “cool technology” and into the realm of mainstream manufacturing. It is the technology’s ability to create objects custom to each individual, whether it is a prosthetic hand, a perfectly fitted shoe or insole, a titanium hip replacement or even a custom urn. Yes, you heard that right, a “custom urn”.
Cremation Solutions is now offering personalized urns which can be modeled after the likeness of your deceased loved ones, using 3D modeling and 3D printing technology. They offer a variety of options to choose from, ranging from the Full Sized Personal Urn, which measures 11″ tall and will hold the ashes of an entire human’s body, to a Keepsake Sized Personal Urn, which stands at 6″ tall, and will hold only a portion of your loved one’s ashes. These are priced between $600 and $2600, and can be created simply by sending in one or two photos of the desired model.
“Personal cremation urns can be designed to look like anyone. We just need good pictures. We prefer one picture from the front and one from the side,” says the company. “With advances in facial analysis and the advent of state of the art 3D imaging, these high tech urns can be made to look like anyone. We can create a custom cremation urn for ashes in the image of your loved one or favorite celebrity or hero, even President Obama!”
Yes, that’s correct, you can purchase an urn in the likeness of President Barack Obama. We aren’t exactly sure if this company is a fan of the President or if they wish that he was reduced to ashes, but from the looks of the photos on their website, the quality of these 3D urns are exceptional.
If a 3D printed replica of your loved one’s head is not enough, perhaps you wish to create an entire 12″ tall, custom posable figurine urn, depicting your loved one wearing one of many different outfits, including but not limited to: Superman, a “bad girl”, a “biker girl”, a gun wielding detective, a nicely dressed gentleman, a police officer, a doctor, black-belt karate master, or even Indiana Jones.
I’m not sure that depicting a dead loved one as a “Bad Girl” dressed as though her clothes won’t be staying on very long, is exactly the best way to honor someone you had loved and cared about, but everyone has their own preferences.
While there can be a lot of humor in discussing these urns, from the looks of things, they are made of very high quality materials, and are meant to last forever. The ashes are poured directly into these urns through a plug located on the bottom. Once sealed up, there is no worry that a child or pet will accidentally knock it over, spilling your loved one’s ashes all over the floor. Don’t you hate it when that happens?
“Movies such as ‘Meet The Parents’ make the occasional joke about urns of ashes falling over and making a mess,” explains the company” “With these amazing urns, you don’t have to worry about them falling over because the cat walked on the mantle or someone was a little clumsy. Situated on Verde Marble Bases, they are bottom-heavy and very resistant to tipping. The beautiful bases are stunning and become the perfect backdrop for the lifelike bust.”
Cremation Solutions ensures that these urns turn out exactly the way you want them to. Once created, they will send you a photograph of your 3D printed urn, in order for you to approve it before it is shipped to your doorstep.
In all seriousness, these urns really could be the perfect memorial for that loved relative. Rather than having a decorative piece on your mantle, why not have a realistic looking replica of your loved one; something you can look at and remember everything about them by.
What do you think? Would you consider purchasing one of these urns? Discuss in the 3D printed urns forum thread on 3DPB.com.