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3D Printing Gets Political During 2016 US Presidential Race

by • August 1, 2016 • No Comments

Desktop 3D printing has gone of being an obscure hobby to a legitimate industry in only a few short years, while industrial 3D printing is not being strictly utilized for prototyping in aerospace, car and for product create. Even the White House has taken notice of the next of 3D printing (things tend to move slowly in Washington, DC). President Obama is the initially president to be 3D scanned and printed. The White House displayed 3D printed ornaments on the Christmas tree and Obama has been a proponent of 3D printing innovation.

Whilst the White House has promoted the benefits of 3D printing, politically inspired 3D printing has been pretty prosaic in comparison, or actually vulgar. We’ve seen Donald Trump butt plugs and tampon holders, by Fernando Sosa, and a stress ball by Ricardo Salomao. Hillary Clinton has in addition seen her fair share of 3D printed merchandise, like the smartphone meme and action figure.

This is without a doubt the most hotly contested and divisive presidential race in new memory. Grass roots democratic candidate Bernie Sanders vowed to fight at the Democratic Convention for a nomination preceding deciding to ultimately endorse Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. Some of his ardent supporters refutilized to fall in line during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, while most prominent Republican figures declined to attend the Republican National Convention and Never Trumpers staged a last ditch effort against Donald Trump as the Republican standard bearer. In this tumultuous race we’ve seen a reality TV star and real estate mogul most his Republican rivals and the Democratic party select the initially female presidential nominee.

With both the Republican and Democratic conventions over, let’s take a appear at a few other examples of how 3D printing played a role in this wild ride. Whilst Bernie Sanders conceded defeat ahead of the Democratic National Convention, only a few months ago the movement was yet burning bright, with Bernie supporters rallying around the dark horse candidate. Bernie bros and babes flocked to the #BernNYBern free concert at Flash Factory in Manhattan. The actuallyt was hosted by Susan Sarandon, Gaby Hoffman and Mickey Sumner and featured performances by Chappo, Wild Belle and actually a Bernie Sanders cover band, The Bern All Star Band. Holy Faya, the Brooklyn-based 3D printed jewelry studio which created 3D printed props for a music video and exhibited at the Inside 3D Printing 3D Print Fashion Show, created a Bernie Sanders Love Temple Photo Booth and brought their MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printing equipment to churn out blue and hot pink “Bernie for Democracy” rings during the actuallyt. Fellow 3D Print Fashion Show alumna Heidi Lee was in addition spotted in the crowd wearing her 3D printed Vortex Sun Hat.

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It cannot be said which Donald Trump does things in tiny measures and he has created a few bold promises, which include assembling a excellent wall along the Mexican border. As previously reported, a life-sized 3D printed Donald Trump bobblehead greeted attendees at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In fact, the statue was larger than life, standing at a full 7 feet tall. Artist Isaac Budmen created a 3D printed model of Hillary Clinton’s campaign logo. He in addition decided to take on Trump’s claim which under his presidency all Americans may become millionaires. Budmen, who literally wrote the book on 3D printing, created a 3D printed million dollar coin showcasing Trump’s likeness for the non-partisan TRUMPMANIA art show in New York. TRUMPMANIA that successfully auctioned off the coin online. Budmen later had the coin cast in gold and exhibited it at Politicon: The Unconventional Political Convention in Pasadena, CA. Budmen says he created the piece to explore what Trump’s vision of new affluence can appear like. As Budmen explains his motivation behind creating the piece:

“In President Trump’s model of the next where ‘we can be winning so much, we can be sick of it’ can we assume million dollar ‘Trumpillon’ coins to be the norm? Or is this a tale as tall as Trump’s towers?”

Isaac Budmen's 3D printed Trump Million Dollar coin at #TRUMPMANIA Isaac Budmen’s 3D printed Trump Million Dollar coin at #TRUMPMANIABudmen with the gold Trump Million Dollar coin Budmen with the gold Trump Million Dollar coin

It’ll be informative to see what other 3D printed art can be created for the remainder of the presidential election and how it can go on to evolve for next elections. Do you understand of any other informative uses of 3D printing for the 2016 presidential election? If so, please let us understand!