While 3D printing is responsible for changing so much of the world, throwing out tradition in favor of stronger, better, and more affordable products and processes–things have changed in other areas while we were busy with our heads down, rolling out innovations in PLA and ABS. For instance, the new Pope just seems to be getting hipper by the minute–from the Harley Davidson to ditching Congress for the homeless–and perhaps getting the common man’s attention–as well as taking us back to some common sense ideals.
Surely he’s cool with the hippest new technologies as well. And we’ll see if the latest from a German 3D printing specialist happens to catch his eye. Now, a replica of Papa Francesco I – Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first pope in history to be available as a 3D printed figurine for everyone who is interested in celebrating him in a high-tech manner.
“Great news for the supporters and followers of the Catholic Church. Papa Francesco I – Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first pope in history which is available as 3D printed figurine for everyone. The head of the Roman Catholic Church is well known for his support against environmental pollution, poverty and his great relationship with other religions,” Josh Weinberger of Forge 3D Printing told 3DPrint.com. “Staramba and the Forge 3D Printing Studio are proud to bring you the likeness of Pope Francis, just in time for his arrival in America. In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI was replaced by Pope Francis as Pope. A native of Argentina clergyman is the first pope who comes from America and the first pope to be available for everyone as a 3D figure.”
Brought to the world by Staramba Arts and Entertainment, the likeness of Pope Francis, the 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church, has arrived in 3D print just in time for his visit to the US, and is quite a good likeness, we think. Staramba did the scanning and design work in Germany, and the figures will be shipped out by Staramba USA.
Replacing Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, Pope Francis is surely one of the most charismatic popes in history. The piece is now available at Staramba’s online shop, with the scanning and printing produced at their Berlin headquarters.
“Get the heavenly man including a base-plate showing the ceiling painting of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in three different sizes in our online shop,” invites the team.
You can actually find quite a collection of the Pope 3D prints by Staramba, with pieces retailing from $69.95 to $249.95, depending on size. Staramba offers the following models with various locales and features:
- New York City
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- Washington, DC
The 3D printed figurine is a photo-realistic replica made in full color and then hand finished. Most of the pieces are at a scale of 1:15, in full color sandstone, but there are two other sizes available at different prices as well.
The 3D printed Pope also comes with a base plate which shows the ceiling painting of the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica and measures 1.46 x 3.15 inches. If you order one of these 3D prints, you can look forward to it arriving in a very nice gift box too, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity and Care and Safety Instructions.
Saramba has headquarters in Berlin, and specializes in photo-realistic 3D printed figurines, as well as selfies and other related 3D printed novelty items.
“There is an infinite amount worthy to be noted: the wedding, an anniversary, the school enrollment, the festive ball, an appearance in a unique costume …With Staramba it is a reminder to touch,” says the team on their website.
While Pope Francis is one of the more surprising novelty items we’ve seen in 3D print, the technology does offer great appeal and opportunity for businesses like Staramba, as well as those involved in marketing and branding endeavors. We’re curious to see what clever 3D prints Staramba comes out with next. Will you be ordering your 3D printed Pope Francis?
Will you be purchasing this product? Let us know in the 3D Printed Pope Forum thread on 3DPB.com.