Custom urns courtesy of firm’s 3-D printer
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Minneosta startup is using a 3-D printer to create custom urns shaped like objects that were important to the person whose remains they hold.
The Eden Prairie-based Foreverence offers urns that are made with a ceramic material that looks different than the plastic material typically produced by a 3-D printer. The process takes nearly an entire day, starting with about nine hours of printing, followed by several hours of touchups, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Each urn is unique and can take the form of just about anything, including ballet slippers, cars and instruments.
“I’m fascinated by the endless possibilities,” company CEO Pete Saari said.
It has even made an urn shaped like the signature hats worn by rock band Devo when co-founder Bob Casale died earlier this year. Foreverence offered Casale’s family the urn and ended up making two for them. Casale’s family told the company that it was “the first joyous moment in a dark period of time for them,” Saari said.
Foreverence sells its urns, which typically cost thousands of dollars, through funeral directors.
“We want funeral directors to keep conversations focused on legacy,” said Saari, whose privately held company launched five months ago. “What was important to the deceased? What was symbolic of a life, a dream, the pursuit of a passion?”
The urn is created by a ceramic-composite material that’s fed into the 3-D printer in a powdered form. Its shape gradually takes form with coloring that bonds each layer together, and staff members put the final touches on the urns.
100 onions grown by Maine 5th-graders stolen
WATERVILLE, Maine — It was supposed to be a lesson in growing your own food, healthy eating and helping the less fortunate.
Instead, a group of Maine fifth-graders got a lesson in the harsh realities of life.
When students at the Albert S. Hall School in Waterville went out recently to harvest the yellow onions planted last spring, they found that all 100 had been stolen.
Their plan had been to give half the onions to a homeless shelter and half to the school kitchen to be used in school lunches.
Student Ashley Harwood called the theft “kind of depressing.” Student Hannah Hall said the class was sad.
Teacher Mary Dunn said she planned to turn the theft into a lesson anyway, about coming together when things don’t go as planned.