It grew from a personal experience, in which a young woman's sorrow and the words ‘there is so much I still want to tell you’ had such a deep impact on me and moved me to my very core. I started designing a range of personalized urns to yet capture these words soon after.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
These personalized ash urns are 3D printed. An obstacle for marketing the personalized urn is the production time. The classic creation process requires a great deal of manual labor and there are often imperfections. This means the delivery period is relatively long. 3D-printing technology offers a solution.
Whereas the production of a personalized hand-made urn takes about 6 weeks, the delivery period of a printed model means it can be used during the funeral ceremony, which is a great strength. In addition, the printed result is very difficult to distinguish from a hand-made model. The details of the original work of art are precisely processed in the computer drawing and the material is the same as the original in terms of touch and appearance. The final "printed" result is therefore a unique, personal and contemporary work of art, but with the benefits of the new technology.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The moment/day a person dies the funeral expert will ask the family or friends to send a text, poem or story and a high resolution picture. This material will be send to the producer who enters these files in his STL files (STL (STereoLithography) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems.). A screendump will be send via the funeral expert to the family/friends for approval. If approved the funeral expert gives a ''GO'' to the producer. The producer starts the printing process. Depending on the height of the urn the urn will be send, 8 to 15 hours later, to the funeral expert. He puts in the ashes, closes the urn with special glue and takes the urn to the ceremony or hands it over to the family.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The design process started in 2001 in Belgium. The final 3D printing production, with 3Dmatic, started in January 2014 in Belgium and will be produced all over the world.
First exhibit of the 3D printed project: 16-17 February at Funaral@work in Leuven, Belgium.
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PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Ash urns are 3D printed. Printing is in 1 piece! Text and photo is printed, in full color or duo tone, in one and the same production!
Printing time depends on the height of the object.
The tallest urn takes up to:
10 hours to print, 1 hour of drying, after dipping in a binder and a coating, it needs 2 hours of drying.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
loss XL: ø 165 mm, H: 200 mm
loss L: ø 249 mm, H: 135 mm
loss M: ø 166 mm, H: 83 mm
loss S: ø 96 mm, H: 56 mm
ashurns, personalised, 3D printing, memorybox,
The biggest challenge for this project was to overcome the ''timing039;' problem. People want to have the ash urn at the ceremony itself! (After they can take the urn home.) I made these urns for 10 years handmade in porcelain but could only deliver after 4 to 6 weeks what is emotional too long for the person left behind. Therefore I searched for a production partner, Guy Hoegaerts of 3Dmatic, who could solve this problem with 3D printing!
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All photos: Hendrik Biegs