With the ability to 3D print almost anything from the controversial gun to a full size dwelling structure the thought hit me if anyone was using the 3D printing process to print using cremains or cremated remains. You know, using dad's ashes as part of the filament that is processed through the printer to create the 3D form. Now I'm aware that are companies out there that can print up an Urn in the likeness of a loved one for the purpose of storing the ashes. But that's not what I'm talking about. Personally, I will not be cremated, unless of course I happen to die in a fiery crash, then I really don't have a choice in the matter. I already have my mind made up on burial in a coffin - of my own making of course. However, if I were to be cremated and printed I would NOT want it to be a literal likeness of myself. A little too creepy, not for me, for those that would remain and be forced to look upon it. There are plenty of photos as a reminder of how I used to look. If not that then what? Well, how about an action figure, highly articulated, so I could be posed in a variety of ways! Or as part of a tool, perhaps something like a handle for a hammer. Granted, I know little about the actual 3D printing process, what type of materials can be used, or even how you would go about converting someones ashes into 3D printable material. But it has been done. The following link is really the only thing I've been able to find on actually printing someones ashes into an object and it was an art project used to make a statement on human attachment to material objects. http://inhabitat.com/artist-uses-3d-printer-to-turn-human-ashes-into-objects/
So, if you were to have your ashes printed into a specific form what would it be? Leave a comment below to let us know.