Life-Sized 3D Printed Hillary Clinton Bobblehead Steps Up to Challenge Bobblehead Trump – 3DPrint.com


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dWyUrWbWhen it comes to politics, 3D printing is an equal-opportunity offender. This November will mark the end (finally!) of one of the most divisive, tense, and at times utterly ridiculous election seasons the United States has ever seen, and plenty of makers, at both the hobbyist and professional levels, have been expressing their admiration and/or disdain through 3D printing. Some designs clearly express their makers’ political leanings, while others take aim at everyone in the election spotlight. 

3D printed political paraphernalia over the last year has mostly been of the amusing and silly nature, but we’ve also seen some examples of serious, professional work that has attracted international attention. When the Republican National Convention hit Cleveland in July, local company Freshmade 3D contributed the result of a project they’d been working on for weeks: a larger-than-life 3D printed Donald Trump bobblehead statue. Bobblehead Trump was unveiled just before the start of the RNC, and at the time, Freshmade 3D stated that they were currently at work on a life-sized 3D bobblehead of Hillary Clinton, to be displayed alongside Bobblehead Trump at the first presidential debate at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio on September 26.

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While the debate has since been moved from Dayton to Hempstead, New York, Bobblehead Clinton is now in fighting shape. The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, which is backing the 3D Printed Prez project, unveiled the life-sized 3D printed bobblehead statue of Clinton last week. The statue, which is worth $20,000, looks to be the same height as Bobblehead Trump, which is seven feet tall.

The future plans for both bobbleheads are uncertain at the moment, according to a Freshmade 3D representative, but they will be making some public appearances in the coming months:

“They were both supposed to go to the presidential debate in Dayton, but Wright State backed out,” the representative, identified as “rczqpu2,” said on Reddit. “So now they are going to our local art museum indefinitely, until other events come about. They have a few lined up.”

o5QLzz4The bobblehead statue of Clinton was produced with the same binder-jetting process used to create Trump. Freshmade 3D is currently in the process of filing a provisional patent for the specialized sand printing technology they developed for the project. Bobblehead Clinton’s body was printed in two pieces, while the head was printed in five, as opposed to Trump’s two-piece head. Her silver necklace and earrings were printed separately in metal. The printed sand was finished off with metallic coating comprised of aluminum powder and resin.

The printing was carried out with an ExOne S-Max 3D printer. To create the bobblehead effect, Freshmade 3D attached three springs to two wooden planks inside the neck and top of the head. The whole project was a lot of work for sure, but I suspect it’ll pay off for Freshmade 3D, which is now returning to its regularly scheduled business of printing rare and custom automotive parts.

Regardless of what comes next for Bobblehead Clinton and Bobblehead Trump, the project, which also involved Youngstown State University and nearby Humtown Products, has already accomplished its main goal, which was to draw attention to the Northeast Ohio region’s growing additive manufacturing capabilities, transforming it from the crumbling Rust Belt of yesterday to the thriving Tech Belt of tomorrow. Discuss your thought on this statue in the 3D Printed Hillary Bobblehead forum over at 3DPB.com.

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[Images: Freshmade 3D via Imgur]

dWyUrWbWhen it comes to politics, 3D printing is an equal-opportunity offender. This November will mark the end (finally!) of one of the most divisive, tense, and at times utterly ridiculous election seasons the United States has ever seen, and plenty of makers, at both the hobbyist and professional levels, have been expressing their admiration and/or disdain through 3D printing. Some designs clearly express their makers’ political leanings, while others take aim at everyone in the election spotlight. 

3D printed political paraphernalia over the last year has mostly been of the amusing and silly nature, but we’ve also seen some examples of serious, professional work that has attracted international attention. When the Republican National Convention hit Cleveland in July, local company Freshmade 3D contributed the result of a project they’d been working on for weeks: a larger-than-life 3D printed Donald Trump bobblehead statue. Bobblehead Trump was unveiled just before the start of the RNC, and at the time, Freshmade 3D stated that they were currently at work on a life-sized 3D bobblehead of Hillary Clinton, to be displayed alongside Bobblehead Trump at the first presidential debate at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio on September 26.

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While the debate has since been moved from Dayton to Hempstead, New York, Bobblehead Clinton is now in fighting shape. The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber, which is backing the 3D Printed Prez project, unveiled the life-sized 3D printed bobblehead statue of Clinton last week. The statue, which is worth $20,000, looks to be the same height as Bobblehead Trump, which is seven feet tall.

The future plans for both bobbleheads are uncertain at the moment, according to a Freshmade 3D representative, but they will be making some public appearances in the coming months:

“They were both supposed to go to the presidential debate in Dayton, but Wright State backed out,” the representative, identified as “rczqpu2,” said on Reddit. “So now they are going to our local art museum indefinitely, until other events come about. They have a few lined up.”

o5QLzz4The bobblehead statue of Clinton was produced with the same binder-jetting process used to create Trump. Freshmade 3D is currently in the process of filing a provisional patent for the specialized sand printing technology they developed for the project. Bobblehead Clinton’s body was printed in two pieces, while the head was printed in five, as opposed to Trump’s two-piece head. Her silver necklace and earrings were printed separately in metal. The printed sand was finished off with metallic coating comprised of aluminum powder and resin.

The printing was carried out with an ExOne S-Max 3D printer. To create the bobblehead effect, Freshmade 3D attached three springs to two wooden planks inside the neck and top of the head. The whole project was a lot of work for sure, but I suspect it’ll pay off for Freshmade 3D, which is now returning to its regularly scheduled business of printing rare and custom automotive parts.

Regardless of what comes next for Bobblehead Clinton and Bobblehead Trump, the project, which also involved Youngstown State University and nearby Humtown Products, has already accomplished its main goal, which was to draw attention to the Northeast Ohio region’s growing additive manufacturing capabilities, transforming it from the crumbling Rust Belt of yesterday to the thriving Tech Belt of tomorrow. Discuss your thought on this statue in the 3D Printed Hillary Bobblehead forum over at 3DPB.com.

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[Images: Freshmade 3D via Imgur]

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