Company Offers Custom 3D-Printed Life-Sized Head Urns

Jeff and Stacy Staab, owners of Arlington, Vermont-based Cremation Solutions, offer a product for storing the remains of loved ones unlike anything you’ve ever seen: fully customizable, 3D-printed, life-sized head urns that look exactly like the recently deceased.

“With personal urns, you can have a lifelike bust of your loved one that doubles as an urn for the ashes,” the company website says. “For people with longer hair we will use a wig to match. Shorter hair can be made as part of the urn itself… They are the perfect way to secure and store the ashes of any loved one.”

“Personalization has been a big trend in the industry,” Jeff Staab told Breitbart News. “When I saw this technology, I thought, ‘What could be more personal than a full-sized head that holds the remains of your loved ones?”

Staab has operated Cremation Solutions for the past ten years. Before his work creating memorials for loved ones, he served as a funeral director for two decades.

For the personalized urns, Staab explained that the company collects a few digital images of the deceased from the bereaved, and then uses software to turn the images into a 3D model. The company then sends the designs to the family for approval, and begins 3D-printing the bust. Staab said orders are usually completed within two weeks.

In addition to the personalized urns, the company offers life-sized busts of several different famous figures, like Superman, Robot Man, and Indiana Jones, with the heads doubling as urns. Staab recalled that his supplier once sent him the wrong order.

“I got President Obama as a sample, and that was a mistake,” Staab said. “I was supposed to get [George] Clooney. So I get some hate mail about that, that I have a sitting president as an urn. I’m not political at all, so I hope it’s not an insult.”

Despite the company’s accuracy in producing the life-like urns, Staab conceded that they have startled people in the past.

“They look a little too real, so sometimes they creep people out,” he said. “They just freak people out a little bit.”

Staab became excited when discussing his latest product for scattering ashes, the Loved One Launcher, billed on the company website as “the only device of its kind that will shoot earthly remains over seventy feet into the air!”

“We fill it with confetti and streamers, it’s really cool,” Staab said. “I think I’ll sell a lot of them. People are always looking for new and creative ways to scatter ashes. Talk about ‘out with a bang.’”

“I was on Joan Rivers’ show a little while ago, and she told me she wanted a Loved One Launcher. Said it right in the camera. And now she’s gone. That would make my day if I get to go and scatter Joan Rivers’ ashes. I’m still waiting for the call.”

Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) Fusion 3D Printing Technology To Grab $13.4 Billion Market?

In an article on Seeking Alpha, it was reported that Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has entered the domain of 3D printing with its latest Fusion printing technology. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has recently announced to split its business in two parts: one will deal with services and other will inculcate PC and printer business. HP is hopeful that dividing its business in parts will let it increase the focus and grip in the Enterprise marketplace. The source said that Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) started its 3D printing endeavors back in 1990 but so far, the company has failed in imbibing the customer interest. Pricing, lack of awareness and features are the main problems Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) is facing in its 3D printing technology.

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Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has signed several partnerships with 3D printing companies in order to clear the way of market hurdles. It has announced that its latest Fusion printing technology will be 10 times faster than before. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has also claimed that pricing model will be competitive and it will facilitate the Enterprise and small business to get the full use of 3D printing technology.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) has big plans to capture the 3D printing market by 2016. Major 3D printing companies are welcoming this step from HP. Recently, Stratasys CEO said that HP has done the right thing to revive its ambitions to take over the 3D printing world.

According to Gartner, 3D printing market will brush around $13.4 billion by 2018. Market is vast and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) can easily lead it in the near future with its innovative technologies like Fusion.

Ralph V. Whitworth is one of the shareholders of Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ), having around 28 million shares of the company

Stratasys 3D Printing Technology Helps Top Special Effects Company Secure Leading Rolein …

MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, October 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —

3D printing revolutionizes production of costumes and props for FBFX Ltd, thanks to high quality, precision detail and fast-turnaround times  

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that its Objet Connex technology has played a starring role in one of this year’s biggest movie blockbusters, through its continued use by leading movie costumes and props specialists, FBFX Ltd.

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FBFX Ltd was part of the team behind the off-beat science fiction adventure movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, a role which saw it create various 3D printed pieces including the entire ‘armor’ outfit for the character, Korath, played by Djimon Hounsou. According to Grant Pearmain, director of costume and props at FBFX, this was produced almost entirely using Stratasys’ Objet500 Connex technology and represents the first time the company has produced a fully 3D printed costume worn in a movie.

The same Objet500 Connex technology was employed to produce the memorable Star Lord helmet worn by lead-actor, Chris Pratt. Several prototype versions were 3D printed, as well as vacuum-cast versions created from a 3D printed mold. The actual prop worn in the movie featured 3D printed interior and exterior detailing using Stratasys’ VeroGray material.

Scene-stealing benefits 

According to Pearmain, 3D printing technology has moved things to a new dimension for his company, specifically in quality and turnaround times in comparison to traditional methods involving model makers working with clay. Underscoring the rapid advance of digital technology within FBFX’s operations, the company now utilizes 3D printing in 90% it’s projects – a leap from a mere 10% around only three or four years ago.

“Quite simply, Stratasys’ PolyJet technology delivers a level of quality with precise detail that is better than anything else available. We no longer have to contend with repeatability issues like variations in skill level from one craftsman to another – we know exactly what the 3D printed piece will look like, regardless of how many pieces we’re producing,” he explains.

Workflow times slashed by half 

“All told, we’re saving at least 50% on lead times, a precious commodity when working on a film, as there’s never enough time. This faith in the 3D printed piece and the speed at which we can have it in our hands, also gives us the flexibility and confidence to regularly experiment and to try new things – something we’ve not always had the time to do,” he continues.

These time savings have allowed Pearmain and his team to go from design to virtually completed, accurate prototypes in a few days, as opposed to a few weeks. FBFX can now show highly-detailed pieces to production companies much more quickly than using traditional methods, while also rapidly turning around pieces in response to directors’ sudden demands for camera tests.

Seamless transatlantic workflow and collaboration  

For Pearmain, the capability of 3D printing to allow different teams in different countries to work on the same project, further demonstrates its process-enhancing benefits: “We will often receive digital files from concept designers in Los Angeles that we finalize and 3D print via our service bureau IPF, with whom we’ve collaborated on a number of major motion pictures,” he explains. “Similarly, we might send concept files to the team there to tweak and return for outputting here, so it’s all about a fast, seamless operation that again helps us save time.”

Simon Brandon, UK Marketing Manager at Stratasys, believes that from a technological aspect, deploying 3D printing within this particular field of use offers a number of new benefits previously beyond the reach of companies like FBFX.

“The high quality and precision detail achievable from our 16 micron layer PolyJet-based 3D printers ensures fully-functional props with unprecedented realism, which together with the printers’ high print speeds, fulfill two of the foremost prerequisites demanded by companies like FBFX,” he concludes.

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company’s patented FDM®, PolyJet™, and WDM™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates a digital-manufacturing service, comprising RedEye, Harvest Technologies and Solid Concepts. Stratasys has more than 2500 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: http://www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com

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